Heating and cooling can be a major drain on the monthly electricity bill. Heating and cooling takes up around 40 per cent of your energy use at home, according to the Department of Industry and Science.
Fortunately, building a brand new custom luxury home in Perth is a good opportunity to reassess how you do things at home. With summer slipping away and autumn settling in, putting some thought into your climate control at home is a timely idea.
Here are some smart ways you can heat your luxury home this autumn and winter.
Use a premium builder with experience
Premium builders are no strangers to innovative designs and thoughtful planning. As you undertake your new build project, talk to your WA builder about how to maximise heat retention through passive design.
This element of home planning and construction uses nature and your building materials to keep your home at just the right temperature as much as possible, meaning you have to spend less money on artificially heating your home up.
The YourHome publication on Heating and Cooling has the following to say:
“Your money is better invested in an energy efficient building than spent on heating and cooling.”
The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia notes that a 6-Star Rating on a newly built custom home will increase comfort by making your house up to 5 degrees warmer in winter and 10 degrees cooler in summer. A new home that meets this standard is also 25 per cent more energy efficient for heating and cooling.
Here are some of the practical steps your Western Australian builder will take to get your home to the minimum 6-star standard:
- Optimal positioning on your block
- Planning room locations to take advantage of the path of the sun
- Simplifying home designs so that they intelligently maximise resources
- Installing insulation throughout the home
- Using energy efficient lighting, such as LEDs
- Considering the effects of different materials and their composition
Make intelligent choices around home heating and cooling
Some specific types of heating and cooling are better than others, not only in terms of cost, but also in efficiency. Speak to your luxury home builder about the best options for your home.
Not only will you want to control the indoor temperature through heating or cooling, but you will also want to circulate the air. This will mean that you can warm up larger areas more effectively, as well as keeping the air in your home fresh and healthy.
Pairing effective heating and cooling with ventilation is a great way to ensure your custom home is a comfortable one. Combining this with the thoughtful design and careful consideration of a Master Builder will only enhance the potential of your custom home design.