Keeping Your Home Warm During Sydney Winters
In Sydney, winter temperatures in the early hours of the morning can be close to freezing. In fact, mosy Sydneysiders struggle to keep their houses clean and cosy during this season. Fortunately, there are tips which everybody can do to make their home keep warm and clean during winter. But first, when will the season start? Let us find out!
What is Winter Like in Sydney?
In Australia, it is generally cool during the day with frosty nights. You need to wear a lot of layers to endure the cold temperature. The winter season will start on the 1st of June and the last day is generally on the 31st of August.
Temperatures can drop to zero degrees Celsius at night. There is low cloud density along with a strong chill leading to a high-pressure system. June and July are typically the coldest months of the year. Therefore, it is essential to make your house warm during those months as well as keep your house clean despite the cold weather.
Things That Assist In Keeping Your Home Warm
Almost everyone would agree that it is essential to make your house toasty during the winter season. Fortunately, there is no need to freeze, here are a few small things you can do that will assist you in making and keeping your home warmer this winter.
During this season, about 25-35% of an uninsulated home’s warmth is lost through the roof. Better insulation can keep your home warm during cold months. At the same time, it can also help keep your home cool in summer. You know the proverbial saying of hitting two birds with one stone this saying rings true if you were to invest in your home's insulation.
Better insulation is probably worth your investment. Aside from that, an average household that installs wall, floor, and ceiling insulation can save hundreds of dollars on energy bills each year. Not only can you keep your house toasty, but you can save some pennies, too.
With the curtains inside your home, you can keep warm in winter. Up to 40% of heating energy can be lost through windows. Therefore, always keep the drapes closed to keep the warmth inside the house.
Since windows can also be one of the heat scapegoats, try to insulate them as much as possible. Track down any draught and seal them up. You can DIY since most of the products you'll need can be picked up at a hardware store.
If you have ceiling fans at home, check first if they are reversible. During winter, you can rotate the blades clockwise. In that way, it can collect warm air from the ceiling and pull it downwards, causing a warming effect in that room. It is an energy-efficient and cost-effective form of keeping your house warm.
Rugs and carpet
If you have hardwood floors, rug it up, or if budget persists use floor carpet tiles so that they can be easily removed during the summer months. Any distance that you can put between the cold and your tootsies will definitely make a difference.
Sealing places where cold air can enter and hot air can escape
You did it with your insulated windows, now it's time to find the spots that are most likely to let go of the heat. Look for any space that could lead a draught into or outside your home. As soon as you find them, seal them up. Try to check your doors and windows, which is the place that air is most likely to go in and out. When sealing them, you can use doors, snakes, weather seal tape, roller for seals, PVC door strips, storm proof seals, etc.
DO NOT do these things to keep your home warm in winter
Safety first, it is of extreme importance in any season we are in. Though Sydney’s winter can be very cold, do not rely on an unsafe heating system. Yes, they can be effective, but they can be extremely dangerous. Here are some key points to remember:
- It is not advisable to use BBQ coal inside the stovetops or ovens to keep you warm.
- Do not use gases or electric oven, even surface units for heating. As you should know, gas may go out or burn inefficiently, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Such electronics are not designed for heating.
- Do not ever burn outdoor BBQ materials like charcoal briquettes inside, even in a fireplace.
- Make sure to keep fire retardent, fire blanket or a fire extinguisher handy.
- Get in the habit of regularly checking your fire alarm.
Aside from all the heating tips above, here are some additives that everyone should consider in keeping your houses warm in winter. It includes:
- Conserve body heat by putting on extra clothing. You can also use extra blankets or any coverings to trap body heat.
Winter in Sydney can get you cold, especially if your house has insufficient insulation. A penny saved is a penny earnt and this is true for your insulation investment. It will make such a difference. Aside from using a thermostat, heater, or other heating systems, you can still keep your home toasty with these simple steps.
If you need help keeping your home clean this winter, contact us today.
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.