Generally speaking new houses will have adequate insulation to cope with New Zealand winters. Older homes may have insulation installed ‘here and there’ if at all, and you’ll pay for this with increased power bills.
Hiring an insulation installer may be the most expensive step of weatherproofing your home for winter, but the good news is you won’t have to do it again for a very long time.
You’ll also get the money back by savings on your electricity bills and there are also government subsidies still available to help with the cost of insulation.
If you have a DVS or HRV system, check whether the filters need replacing and set the system to winter mode.
It’s also a great idea to seal and insulate the wall surrounding pipes, electrical outlets and wires which lead outdoors. Expanding foam insulation used for windows and doors will also work here or else you can hire a handyman to carry out all these small jobs for you.
Be safe this winter and install smoke detectors. If you already have them, then change the batteries and test them to make sure they’re working properly.
What other weatherproofing or winterizing tips do you have to share this winter?