Some parts of Australia get extremely hot in summers and cold in winters, which can be uncomfortable if you don't have adequate cooling or heating in your home. Depending on where you are based, you could be using between 20 to 50 per cent of your energy just to heat or cool your home. You can dramatically reduce your energy consumption in any room with a few smart steps. Here they are:
Check Your Doors And Windows For Any Openings
Sometimes there are small gaps between your door or window frames and walls, which can cause hot or cool air to leak. This leakage causes a significant loss of energy, which requires your HVAC system to work harder and consume more electricity. Apart from the additional energy consumptions, these gaps fail to create a comfortable hot or cool environment, which is why you will need to use a rubber or silicone seal to close them up. You'll also notice a gap between the bottom of the door and the ground. Prevent air from leaking by sealing that gap too with a storm seal for your door. You can pick up seals from any home improvement store near you.
Lay Carpets On The Floor
While tiled and wood floors lend a beautiful aesthetic to the room, they can get very hot or cold depending on the season. This can make the room feel particularly uncomfortable. A good way to avoid this is to lay carpet on the floors because they feel good underfoot and prevent any unnecessary hot or cold discomfort. To prevent any person in your family from falling or tripping over uneven rugs, it's probably best to have wall-to-wall carpeting.
Service Your HVAC System Before Winter Or Summer
You may experience extreme temperatures in winter and summer, so your home heating and cooling system must be able to tackle the weather conditions without any trouble. To do this, you should ideally get the system serviced ahead of the season so that any potential problems can be diagnosed and fixed by a technician before it is too late. This preventive maintenance can also keep the system from breaking down and forcing you to make expensive repairs later. You can even set up a regular servicing schedule with your HVAC system to make sure it runs optimally for as long as possible.
Preparing for the hot summer or cold winter isn't difficult. Take the time to follow these steps for the best results.