Preparing your Home for the Winter Months

Preparing your Home for the Winter Months

You’ve wound back the clock and the days are getting a little shorter, which can only mean one thing: it’s time to prepare for the winter months.

As much as we hate to say goodbye to the longer days, the winter months don’t have to be about shivering on the couch. Below are some tips for ensuring your home is toasty in time for winter.

Firewood

If you have a fire, you should probably already have a supply of dry wood ready for the cooler months. But if you’ve been maximising that drying time by keeping it out under the sun, now’s the time to move it to a sheltered spot out the way of any winter downpours. Ensure your storage spot is well ventilated to avoid dampness. If you’re yet to source your wood supply, you might want to think about doing so now…

Chimney Sweeping

Dependant on your insurance policy, failing to have your chimney swept annually could jeopardise your entitlement to a payout should there be a fire at your home. Autumn is an ideal time to get this done. Aside from the potential insurance woes, doing this can put your mind at ease regarding the safety of yourself, your family and your possessions.

Draught Elimination

Eliminating draughts from your home can be as simple as ensuring your curtains and blinds are tailored to fit the windows they are covering. Replacing all of the window furnishings in your home can be a costly task, so we recommend prioritizing each room and upgrading them one set or room at a time. If you have an older home, using draught stoppers to cover gaps under any external doors is also a great idea. While it’s important to stop draughts, don’t forget to let a little fresh air in during the day to keep your home from becoming damp.

Research Heating

There are many different theories as to the most economical way to heat your home. Our advice is to talk to your heating system supplier or do some research online about how best to use your heater. Is it better to leave your heat pump on 24/7 at a steady temperature or use it only when you’re home? Research the recommended practice and stick to it.

Energy Saving

While this won’t necessarily keep you toasty, being aware of energy saving techniques may help to keep your power bills down and allow you to invest more into actual home heating. Opt for cold laundry washes where possible, make the most of sunny days to get your washing dry outside, hand wash your dishes and turn off appliances at the wall when they’re not in use.

Prepay Power Bills

If you haven’t been doing this throughout the year, paying a little extra on each monthly power bill may help to ease the pressure when it comes time to face those larger ones during winter. Just an extra $10 or $20 could make all the difference when the time comes, especially if this is a practice continued year-round.

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