9 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Winter is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to ensure your home is ready to face the chill! Taking a few steps before winter well and truly sets in can help create a warm, energy-efficient and safe environment. From sealing gaps and introducing layers of texture to maintaining your heating system, there are many ways to make sure your home is winter ready.

1. Fill Those Gaps

Did you know that draughts from your windows and doors can account for 25 percent of the heat loss in your home? Take the time to inspect your home for gaps and cracks that let in cool draughts and replace any worn rubber seals and use gap filler to seal any cracks to effectively eliminating draughts.

2. Introduce Layers of Texture

Think plush velvet, cosy knitted throws, and warming hints of timber or brass if you’re planning on redecorating this winter. Even just a few new cushions can make all the difference when you’re trying to create a snug space to cuddle up in with a good book.

3. Is It Time for a New Heater?

How often you use your heater and the size of the space you intend to heat will determine the type of heater that is best for you.

  • Electric Heaters: Cheap and portable – perfect for renters and if they are not being used to heat large spaces or for long periods.
  • Gas Heaters: Best for larger spaces and for those wishing to heat their homes for longer periods of time.
  • Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioners: More costly to begin with but can end up being worth it in the long run as they are fairly economical for the amount of heat they generate.

4. Cover Up Hard Floors

If you have tiles, floorboards, or concrete floors, rugs are an easy and effective way to make your home cosy and comfortable in winter. Some floors are not only chilly underfoot in winter; they don’t help hold in any heat, so unless you have underfloor heating, it might be time to invest in a rug or two.

5. Clean The Gutters

Cleaning your gutters before winter is crucial to prevent any blockages which can cause water damage to your roof and home. Additionally, clear gutters ensure proper drainage, protecting your home's foundation and exterior from potential water damage during the winter months.

6. Clean And Store Outdoor Furniture

We often only use outdoor furniture in the warmer months, so now is a good time to clean and store any furniture that you won’t use as soon as the chill sets in. If you don’t have the luxury of storage space, you can cover outdoor furniture or pack away any outdoor cushions.

7. Switch Fan To Winter Mode

If you have ceiling fans, switch them to reverse mode for winter. This function reverses the direction of the blades, pushing warmer air down and making the room temperature more comfortable. Using your ceiling fan with your heating system can help warm your home more efficiently, allowing you to run your heating for shorter periods or at lower settings and save on energy costs.

8. Insulate For Energy Efficiency

Insulation is one of the most practical and cost-effective methods to boost your home’s energy efficiency, keeping your space warm in winter. Insulation can be installed in various parts of your home, including the roof, above the ceiling, in the walls, or under the floor.

9. Air Conditioning Unit Maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioner ensures it works efficiently and quietly, heating your home throughout winter. Focus on cleaning these three areas:

  • Filter
  • Evaporator coil
  • Condenser coil

By taking these simple yet effective steps, you can prepare your home for the colder months ahead.

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