Did you know that there are ways you can heat your home naturally without consuming energy and paying a big utility bill? Auxiliary heating and cooling makes up around 40% of all energy consumption in the average home in Australia. As more homeowners go green and others focus on cutting the household budget, many are discovering the wonders of natural heat. It’s out there, you just have to learn how to keep it in your home. So what can you do to begin naturally heating your home?
- Choosing & Positioning Block
The block you choose when constructing your home will have an impact on your ability to use natural heat. To maximize heat retention, choose block that is elongated along the east to west axis. This creates a layout that leaves the building’s north face elongated so it is exposed to as much sunlight during the day as possible.
- Open Your Home to the Sun
Openings in the home should be positioned so that they get as much sunlight during the day as possible over the winter months. That means most windows will face north. Try to reduce the number of windows facing other directions. Also use shading so that the openings are shielded in the summer but allow the winter sun to shine in thanks to its lower position in the sky.
- Sizing Your Windows
Window size should also be carefully chosen. Windows can also let heat out just as well as they let it in. Make sure you choose the best size and type of window to allow as much heat to come in during the winter as possible. The ideal size will vary based on the structure, terrain, and position of your home.
- Absorb Heat for Nighttime Comfort
How do you keep your home warm when the sun goes down? This can be done with building materials that radiate heat. By using stone, concrete, or brick to construct walls and floors, you can help move heat through the house after dark. You can also use additional layers of heat-absorbing material to amplify the effect. Darker colours will work better when absorbing heat.
- Good Insulation Makes a Difference
When you capture the sun’s heat in your home, you want it to stay there. That’s where insulation comes in. Make sure you have good insulation throughout the home. That includes in the walls, floors, ceiling, and roof. This will trap the heated air inside and prevent cooler air from transferring in from outdoors.
- Install Heavy Curtains
Thicker, heavier curtains are another good way to help prevent heat from leaving your home at night. Keep them wide open when the sun is up then pull them closed when the sun is down and no longer providing heat to the home. Windows are a primary heat-loss area, so covering them with heavy curtains will make a big difference.
- Block All Drafts
Make sure you block all drafts as much as possible. Air leaks will create a problem and could allow warm air to escape into the night or let cool air come in and lower your home’s internal temperature. Even a small leak or draft can make your living space uncomfortable.
- Zone Your Living Space
Create zones within your living space. That means each area should be walled off with doors, so the natural heat doesn’t have to work as hard. Just close off the areas you aren’t using to trap heat where you need it the most.
If you’re building or renovating your home, make sure you take advantage of these money and energy saving tips. Pay less and still enjoy the modern comforts of a heated living space. Visit ABC Brick Sales today to learn more about how brick and stone can help keep your home heated the natural way.