We all want a home that feels comfortable and is pleasant to spend time in. But even if you get your decor and furnishings just right, if the temperature is off then it’s just not going to be an enjoyable place to be. Most of us have the issue of it being too hot in summer and too warm in winter, so here are a few upgrades you can make to try and balance everything out.
For some places in the world, you’ll need air conditioning just to be able to live comfortably. Places like south America, Australia and other destinations with tropical climates experience summers that are nothing short of scorching. However, many of us live in climates that are moderate for most of the year, but are very hot just for a few weeks. For this reason, it can seem like it’s not worth installing air conditioning, but every time a heat wave rolls around you find yourself wishing that you had. It’s worth the investment, once it’s up and running you’ll just need to have it checked each year by a professional to ensure it’s clean and functioning properly. If there are any issues, you’d just need to find a repairer that specialises in your AC model, for example Goodman ac repair for Goodman units. But for the most part, it’s simple to maintain and you shouldn’t experience too many problems.
It’s all about air conditioning when the weather is warm, but for the winter months you also need a good heating system. If you’re from the UK or many places in the US, you’ll probably use your heating more than AC and if you have children then it can be vital for keeping a safe temperature. If your radiators are old then consider replacing them, newer models emit heat more effectively and can also look nicer too. Smart heating systems like Hive allow you to control the thermostat with your phone or voice activated speaker, or set it on a timer. This can ensure your home never drops below a certain temperature and that you’re always kept cosy.
Blackout Blinds and Curtains Fitted
Blackout blinds of course block out the light, which is perfect for when you’re trying to sleep or watch tv. But they can also help you to control the temperature in the home too, when the sun shining onto the house in the summer, having blackout blinds closed will prevent the room from heating up too much. In winter, they will block out the harsh winter sun and as the material is thicker they can prevent drafts blowing through from around the window too. Blackout blinds and curtains are a good investment, and are something that will benefit you all year round.
Insulate The Loft and Walls
A well-insulated home will save you on your energy bills and can help protect the environment too, where less fossil fuels are being burned. We think of insulation as a way to keep our home warm in winter, but it can keep it cool in summer too. The insulation prevents the sun from warming through the house keeping the temperature at a good level.
There are often government schemes and grants available for cavity wall and loft insulation, so it’s worth checking and seeing if there’s any help in your area for this if its something you’ve been considering.