Whilst we love insulation, we know that there are other methods you can use when it comes to moderating your home’s temperature. Whether these be simple methods that have been used for centuries – or more modern means – your Melbourne-based insulation suppliers know the best way to combat the elements.
1. Cooling and heating systems
We’ll get the obvious one out of the way. Heating/cooling systems are incredibly useful and beneficial. These can be individual units in each room or a central system running throughout the house. If you’re looking to heat or cool a room quickly, then individual units are best as they can really be throttled to disperse air around the room.
Central units are more for changing your entire home’s temperature at once. They can take a while to come into effect but are more efficient in the long run. With central, you pick a temperature and the unit will work to take your whole house down or up to that temperature – instead of blowing out air. Of course, keeping this hot and cool air in will require some quality products from your local insulation suppliers.
2. Glazed windows
Double and triple glazed windows can offer up to 80% reduction in heating/cooling loss due to the design. There are actually gaps between the glass panes that act as insulation. Normal windows are responsible for the loss of approximately 40% of the heating or cooling in your home so investing in double or triple glazed windows is a fantastic idea.
An added bonus you get with double or triple glazed windows is that they act as a soundproofing layer. The same way they act as insulators is the reason they also carry acoustic properties. The space between the panes is completely sealed which means that no moisture and no sound gets between them.
3. Curtains and blinds
A simple method, yet an effective one. If the sun is quite hot in the sky and facing your windows, then you should absolutely close your curtains or put down the blinds. These can be indoor or outdoor blinds. Instead of going through your windows – the curtains/blinds will deflect or absorb the sun’s rays and keep your home cool.
This can be considered quite an old method as it would’ve been used before there were any cooling or heating systems. Similarly, if you’re trying to keep your home warm in the winter, the windows will be some of the coldest parts of your house. If they’re normal windows then the cold will seep through. This is generally why we also close our blinds and curtains in the evenings – as well as for privacy reasons.
Obviously, fireplaces are only effective in the winter – and are essentially obsolete due to gas and electrical heaters. That being said there is still a rustic charm that surrounds fireplaces and a lot it lies in the methodical process of using and maintaining them. At the end of the day, they’re still very effective at heating rooms – the smaller the room, though, the easier it will be to heat up.
Whether they be freestanding or ceiling fans – these can be great for cooling down during a hot Melbourne summer. Fans are also one of the cheapest options you can go for and in terms of energy usage, they’re quite environmentally friendly.
Whilst not as effective as cooling units, they can still be quite refreshing. The freestanding fans are more portable and therefore more versatile units to consider if you’re just looking for a quick and easy fix for the summer.
Interested in insulation suppliers in Melbourne?
These are all fantastic ways to moderate your home’s temperature – but at the end of the day, you can’t beat the qualities of good insulation in your home. It all starts with insulation that can effectively keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. That’s where Insulation Essentials can help you.
As one of Melbourne’s premium insulation suppliers, we stock a variety of insulation batts and products of varying R-values. Not sure what will suit your home best? Chat to one of our friendly experts and they’ll help get you the right type of insulation that’ll best suit your home.
If you’d like to know more about our insulation products, then please give us a call on 03 8339 7111. You can also contact us via the form on our website.