While there are many expensive solutions to the problem, we want to look at all the free things you can do to reduce moisture and trap in any natural heat before turning on your pellet fire.
Open your curtains during the day and close them at night. Your windows let heat in during the day. Closing curtains before sunset keeps the heat in for longer.
Stop cold air getting into your home by stopping draughts around doors, windows and fireplaces. Stopping cold air coming in makes it easier to heat your home and helps reduce the cost of heating.
Click here for a DIY draught stopper.
Open windows in the kitchen when you cook, and in the bathroom when you shower or take a bath, to let steam out. Doing this helps to keep your home dry, which makes your home easier to heat and reduces the cost of heating.
Wipe off any water that has collected (condensation) on walls and on the inside of windows. Doing this helps to keep your home dry, which makes your home easier to heat and you guessed it... reduces the cost of heating.
Dry your washing outside or in the garage or carport. It keeps the dampness from your washing (which can build-up condensation) outside of your home.
Use bleach or white vinegar to remove mould from ceilings and walls. Mould grows in damp and wet places and it can affect your family’s health.
Insulation keeps heat inside your home in winter and keeps it out in summer. This makes it easier to warm your home. You may be eligible for subsided insulation installed through the Warmer Kiwi Homes program.
Check if you’re eligible for the Warmer Kiwi Homes grant
The four-year government programme helps cover two-thirds of the cost of a heat pump, pellet burner or wood burner (up to a maximum of $2,500), as well as underfloor and ceiling insulation.
Use the Warmer Kiwi Homes tool to find out if you’re eligible for the grant.