Don’t wait, insulate
As the cooler days and nights approach, keeping your family warm becomes a priority. While you may think it’s time to pull out the heaters and light up a warm fire, there’s one significant winter prep step you should not forget: check your home’s insulation. It’s completely invisible in your everyday life, but it becomes an all-important element of life during winter. If you’re not keen to take a look yourself, call in a professional to conduct an inspection. We recommend that installing or fixing your ceiling insulation be done by a professional. Adding to, improving, or fixing, your home’s insulation will help to keep everyone warm, and keep your utility costs down.
Tip: While you’re inspecting the ceiling insulation, also check for any broken or slipped roof tiles.
Inspect and check
While you’re on the hunt for winter household worries, conducting a brief inspection of your home’s exterior is also important. Walk around the outside of your home and check every window for small gaps and cracks. It’s best to do this on a windy day, and have someone on the inside to help you along the way. Close each window and then conduct a ‘draft check’ to see if there any gaps or cracks that may not be immediately visible. Conduct a similar check for each door that leads out to the outside of your home, and pay special attention to the bottom of each door. If you find any gaps or cracks, fix them up to seal in the interior warmth on the colder nights.
Keeping the costs down
Winter is a typically more expensive season for utilities. Keeping your household costs down is imperative. Determining the best way to save money in the long run may also require a pre-season inspection, but that will be worth it for winter. We recommend:
Your fireplace might be just a showpiece during summer, but it can be quite useful on cold winter nights. Ensuring that your fireplace and chimney are in perfect working order is key. We recommend you check:
A seasonal swap-out
You spring-cleaned earlier this year, and now it’s time to do your seasonal swap-out. That means bringing out all the warm blankets and comforters, and packing away the cooler summer items. Spend a day swapping out your wardrobe, so you can easily access jerseys and warmer clothing items. On the same day, swap out your thinner summer duvet inner for a warmer one, and give those warm winter blankets a good wash. If you can, swap out your lounge and bedroom curtains for thicker versions, as these will help each room stay warmer at night.