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CEA’s top tip: What to do with windows

Today we are looking at how to prevent moisture and heat loss from windows.

Do you have single glazed windows, draughts or condensation? It is likely to be making your home less efficient and less healthy. DIY window kits are a cheap alternative to double glazing and helps alleviate draught and condensation on single glazed windows. Available from CEA from just $30, the clear plastic film is fitted to wooden window frame, and is easy to apply using a hairdryer and pair of scissors.

Draughts in doors and windows can account for up to 15% of heat loss from your home.  Draughts can be prevented with the help of V-seal, a flexible draught stopping material that bends to fit the gap, making it perfect for earthquake damaged homes with uneven gaps.

Condensation should be removed every morning, otherwise the moisture will evaporate into the air, making the room harder to heat, and causing you to breathe in moisture. This makes respiratory conditions, such as asthma which is a prevalent respiratory disease in New Zealand, much worse. The Scoopy is a squeegee designed to capture condensation, with a reservoir handle that collects the moisture so you can easily pour it out.  Available from CEA’s office and online shop for $20.

About Community Energy Action

Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust committed to helping make warm, dry, energy efficient homes throughout Canterbury. Their services include insulation (subsidies available), heating, free, recycled curtains, free independent energy advice, and affordable energy efficiency tools. For more energy tips and advice call CEA’s free Energy Advice Service on 0800 GET WARM or visit www.cea.co.nz.

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