Winter is well on its way and we’ve already begun to feel the crisp air that’s to come. If you are thinking about, or in the middle of your renovation or home build, we highly recommend considering key factors that can help temperature control your home, to ultimately save you money on home utilities. Let’s outline the ways you can maintain warmth in the winter and keep your home cool during the summer season.
Is the space, right?
Generally, having a smaller space means you can contain the warmth in each room easier. By having an open plan space, there is more room to heat so for winter it isn’t as efficient. Depending on your lifestyle and home needs, will determine what kind of layout works best for your renovation. Although don’t fret, the team have cracked the code so you can still have the big open plan design you are looking for. Considering key building aspects like ceiling heights, home alignment, zoning areas, insulation, concrete slabs, as well as window glazing and placements can all help achieve the ‘natural’, energy efficient temperature control you’re after.
Ceilings, should I go high or low?
Now, it’s time to take into consideration where you live and how the temperature fluctuates in your area. The higher the ceiling is, the lower the room temperature will be. It provides better air ventilation to keep the temperatures lower. This form of ceiling placement is great for those who live in warmer areas, so perfect for a Penrith summer season.
If you live in a colder area, you should opt for a lower ceiling height. Lower ceilings tend to keep the heat within the home, with less space for added ventilation. This is a great option for homes in the Blue Mountains during the cold winter season.
Where’d the sun go?
During winter, it is important to use the sun to your benefit. Harness the suns power by strategically placing windows in spots that prompt natural heating. Throughout the day, they receive the most amount of light. Windows in the east get early sun to begin heating the home from the morning, afternoon sun is always the hottest and west-facing windows continue to heat as the sun goes to set. It’s important to consider all these points to strategically plan your room placements and window alignments.
If you are looking for a builder for you home extension or build, contact the Woodford Homes’ team. We have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your home is built with everything being considered.