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5 genius ways to weatherproof your home

Preparing your home for any extremes in weather is a great way to increase the energy efficiency in your home and simultaneously decrease your bills. Sometimes, it’s not the best option to keep the freezing air con or the energy-sucking heater running all day long. We’ve compiled 5 genius ways that you can weatherproof your home, that won’t break the bank.

Install awnings

Not only do these add a nice aesthetic to your home, but awnings in Sydney also have many practical applications, too. Increasing liveable space, awnings help to protect your belongings and your family by providing shelter when you need it. As well as this, they also block the harsh sun’s rays or the stinging rain, so you can stay protected no matter what the elements decide to throw your way.

Add shades or drapes

Shades and drapes aren’t just for aesthetic appeal; they keep out cold chill as well as heat from the sun’s rays, too. Moreover, they block the air coming in from around the window frame. Ensure that you utilise your curtains effectively by closing them during the most intense part of the day – be that hot or cold, depending on where you live. Then, when you want to let the warm sun, or conversely, cool air in, throw them wide open.

Use door draft stoppers

There’s nothing worse then a cold draft sweeping your house and chilling you to the bone. Keep out any intrusive, seeping gusts of air by placing door draft stoppers along any gaps between doors and your floor. There’s plenty available on Etsy, or there are many easy ways you can craft one up yourself.

Fix leaks, cracks and gaps

Light a candle and move it around the door and window frames in your home. If it flickers, you know that there is a draft coming in, through a crack or gap. This can be easily remedied by patching up the leaky spots with caulk or weather stripping.

Insulate your outlets

Many electrical outlets in older homes don’t actually have insulation around them.

As these spots are essentially a hole in your wall, this results in them being a source of cold, drafty breeze or a place that warm air can leak out of your home. To insulate your outlets, all you need is some padding foam and a little bit of elbow grease. Purchase the right amount of foam that will easily fit around your electrical outlets or light switches. Always remember to take care and follow professional directions when working around electricity.

Before you go spending huge amounts investing into expensive and extravagant weatherproof solutions, see what little things can be done around your home to improve your protection against the elements. Things as simple as fixing any cracks, gaps and leaks, as well as installing shade, awnings or drapes can go a long way to making you and your household feel more comfortable this season.

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