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3 great home features for winter

As the mercury drops, your thoughts might turn to your new home building project and the winter-friendly features you can incorporate into its design.

Fortunately, there are many different options you can add to your home for the winter months - read on for a few of our favourites.

Underfloor heating

There's nothing worse than stepping out of a warm shower in the morning onto a freezing floor! Underfloor heating is a luxury that can make all the difference in cold weather, and this feature is perfect for small spaces such as bathrooms.

You might be surprised to learn that electric underfloor heating systems can be installed beneath a variety of different types of flooring, including tile, stone, wood and even certain types of carpet.

Insulation and draught sealing

Insulation Australia estimates that up to 25 per cent of heat loss in Australian homes during the winter months is a direct result of draughts. By planning carefully to reduce draughts during your new home building plans, you could stay warmer indoors and significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills.

In fact, the industry body notes that installing roof and ceiling insulation could save you up to 45 per cent on your annual heating and air conditioning expenditure, while wall insulation could help you save an added 15 per cent on your bills.

Construction is the most cost-effective time to install insulation if you are moving into a new home.

High efficiency windows

Like insulation, uPVC double glazed windows can also help to reduce heat loss from your home, saving you money on your energy bills. This home improvement can help keep your property warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Energy efficient windows are also useful in reducing the amount of noise in your home.