We all want to reduce our outgoings and sometimes when we do this, there is a price to pay, a sacrifice to be made or having to make do with second best. Then there are ways in which we can reduce our climate control expenses without having to pay a price or compromise and here are just a few.
- Roof insulation – State of the art roof insulation (known as ฉนวนหลังคา in Thai) offers many benefits; your cool air in the home cannot exit via the roof, plus the hot rays of the sun are reflected rather than absorbed. Top quality roof insulation such as Rockwool is also a great fire retardant and it is perfectly safe. There are several options; the material is inserted between the roofing sheets, or it comes in a roll and you lay it in between the rafters; there are Thai suppliers and you can order the product online from their website.
- Double glazed windows – There is a lot of heat transfer through a single pane of glass and with double glazing, that is greatly reduced. Aluminium or UPVC frames are maintenance-free and condensation is a thing of the past, thanks to a thermal barrier in the frames, plus they come in a wide range of finished and styles. There are no off-the-shelf solutions with double glazing, the units are made to measure and with hermetically sealed units, which means you can select the type of opening.
- Window tints – Inexpensive and very effective, window tints can save your furniture from sunlight damage, plus the special outer coating reflects UV rather that absorbing it. Search online for a local supplier who will professionally fit the film and you will notice the difference in temperature. Tint can also give you a level of seclusion, especially the mirrored finish and with an online search, you can be viewing a range of premium window tint, all at affordable prices.
- Install solar panels – Installing solar panels brings many benefits; not only does the system turn the solar energy into usable electricity, the panels act as an extra layer of insulation, keeping your interior cool. Thailand has the perfect climate for solar energy and the government are encouraging business and homeowners to make the switch from the National Grid to the clean and renewable energy of the Sun.
We should all be looking for ways to insulate our living space and with the above options, you can save a little money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.