Winters are the time when all look for various methods to escape the cold. To keep ourselves warm either we use thermostat or use traditional oil burning methods that are outdated or generate high carbon emissions that are not only harmful to the environment but also to our health.
Burning oil is the main source that is responsible that is contributing to the global warming and changing climatic conditions. Not only has this, even the fossils fuels are depleting and due to this, buying fuels has almost become unaffordable. Here are some solution that are cost effective and energy efficient.
Avoid use of gas
Avoid burning fossil fuels like oil and natural gas for keeping your homes warm. Go for geothermal heating methods, which is the oldest method of pumping heating form the earth’s crust. The geothermal heat can be harvested any time of the year as the temperature of the earth below six meters deep remains constant at a mean annual air temperature. Your residence remains warm without any emissions of any toxic gases and does not cause air pollution.
Super insulation one of the best methods to keep your homes warm. Giving your homes super insulation reduces high level of heat loss than typical levels and provides air tightness in the walls. If super insulation is installed in your home, it gives proper heat recovery and ventilation to retain heat more heat and ensures that fresh air is provided to the homeowners.
Value the hearth
During winters, the best sources to keep your homes hot is the fireplace the contemporary heating solutions. Wood the natural resource that is mostly preferred for burning though it is not completely carbon free but still produces less carbon content than oil and collected from the fallen trees. Opt for fireplaces as the source to convert your residence into cozy abode.
Insulated Concrete Formwork
Insulated Concrete Formwork is consists of interlocking modular units that are filled with concrete and are stacked like Legos. This method or the system causes minimum heat loss and continues the insulation without insulation gaps. Thermo Eco Houses serves as the best example of insulated concrete formwork reducing about 44% of heat requirements to naturally warming your homes.
Using Radiant floor system
The radiant floor system provides an efficient warm your houses during winter and is far much better than the noisy radiator and ugly vents. The heat loss largely depends on the floors you have used in your homes. In radiant floor system, heating tubes are buried beneath the concrete floors and prevents any heat loss thus warming your residence during winters.
If a lot of tress surrounds your home then it is a good natural source to prevent any heat loss. Eels Lake Residence is one such example in which the use of natural heating resource is the trees. In winters when trees shed their leaves, it maximizes the penetration of the sunlight, which increases the capacity of the floor to retain heat.
Face the sun
Plan the construction of the house in such a way that a large amount of heat is received providing a natural way for warming your homes. One of the example of such a house is Virum House located on the edge of the lake that has been oriented in such a way that it faces and acquire solar heat and hence can be used as source of energy for generating electricity with the installation of solar panels.
To prevent heat loss the easy way out is to use thick outer walls such as thermal mass is built up not allowing the heat to escape and acts as insulation.
By keeping the points that have been discussed you can escape the cold winters and save a lot of money as compared to the use of electronic gadgets and fuels that are available in the markets at high rates and causes lot of pollution.