The summer is fading as each day escapes us and there is certainty that winter is on it’s way. The evenings and morning seems to be getting darker. So it’s important to make sure that we are ready for the colder days ahead. We all want to ensure that we will feel warm and cozy in our homes.
However, when it comes to this time of the year one of the biggest factors we don’t all prioritize is to get our homes ready for winter. We need to start acting now to ensure that not only will we feel cozy, warm and safe in our homes, but that our property can withstand the bad weather to come. With many of us encouraged to stay home more because of recent worldwide events, it is now more important than ever before that we prepare our homes for winter. With that in mind, here is some of the best advice that you can consider to help you do that.
Invest in replacement windows and doors
Heat can escape through your windows and doors. So no matter how high you switch that heating up there could be times where some of the rooms in your home never feel like they warm up. So it’s important to look at your windows and doors and see if they could be replaced. Of course, there is the cost to consider, and looking here online could help give you some idea of what you need to do to consider this. But over a longer period the reduction in your heating bills and the increased value on your home will more than pay for it. Heat can escape, and drafts can cause a lot of problems in your home, so upgraded windows and doors could be the answer to help you overcome this.
Make sure walls and attic space is insulated
Another way heat can escape is through the walls and attic space through the roof. Thankfully this is a quick fix and is easily resolved by insulating those areas. Insulation will keep the heat from escaping and enable your rooms and home to remain warm. Proper insulation may mean that you won’t have to use as much heating, and therefore again providing a saving on your energy bills.
Consider alternative heating solutions
In regards to investment in the home, you may want to consider other heating options. Of course, standard radiators will always do a good job but things like underfloor heating can be a great way to heat up a room at a rapid speed. Things like this are great first thing in the morning when your home hasn’t had time to heat up quickly. Especially for rooms that have tiling or wooden flooring. But that’s not all. You must also opt for energy efficient fuels for your heating solutions. For instance, Nelson Propane Gas, Inc. in Texas suggests its clients to opt for propane integrated appliances to ensure your family’s warmth, comfort, and safety.
Is it time for a declutter?
It may sound like this is more on trend for spring, but decluttering your home and clearing things away inside as well as the garden, can help you to feel more at ease in your home. Decluttering can be a great way to prepare your home for the times that you will be in it more frequently. You can look at trying to do a room at a time, tackle drawers and spaces that annoy you, or even spending five minutes a day. You will notice a big difference in your home.
What about the exterior of your home?
The last thing you want is your home to be defenseless when we get the inevitable bad weather over the next few months ahead. So it may be time to start thinking about the exterior of your home and making some changes to better protect it. This might mean things such as extra coverings on exposed pipework. This can enable liquids such as water entering your home not to freeze or damage pipes because the temperature will remain a few degrees warmer because of the extra insulation. You should also think about clearing the gutters and drains so that when the leaves fall off the trees throughout the next few weeks and months that there will not be any drainage issues.
Use your common sense
It can be so tempting to crank that heat up each day, but what about the rising cost of energy bills? This is why it’s essential to have a bit of common sense and using things like blankets and even adding an extra layer of clothing to keep you warm. Some people also like to double up on their quilts at night to ensure they can keep the cost of heating down. Try and maintain a temperature in your home rather than turning the thermostat up and down continuously. Less energy is used when a temperature is maintained.
Check over your heating systems
A great idea would be to act before those cold days set in to make sure you get your heating system checked over by a professional. The last thing you want is for something to go wrong on one of the coldest days of the year. A service on your heating system could highlight any potential problems before they end up costing you a fortune.
Improve security elements in your home
The last thing to consider would be the security of your home. Darker nights means more opportunity for people to try and enter your home as it becomes more obvious when you are not in it. You could look at using smart plugs or smart home systems to switch lights on as the nights get darker. You could even look at improved security in terms of alarm systems or cameras. The best thing to do would be to ask yourself when you last upgraded these systems? With winter and also the festive period on its way it now more important for you to ensure that your home remains a safe place, not just while you are in it but also when you are not there.
Let’s hope these tips help you to prepare your home ahead of winter.