As the colder months have well and truly engulfed us, it’s important that we try and stay warm. Not only do we need to keep warm for our health, but this leads on to our happiness, too! Moreover, not only does winter bring colder weather, it also brings storms as well. For these reasons, we’ve put together 7 money saving ways that you can prepare your home this winter, in order to keep you and your loved ones safe and sound.
- Cover the windows
Windows are one of the biggest sources of chill in winter and heat in summer. If you haven’t already, it’s definitely time that you invested in some window coverings that allow you to regulate the temperature in your home, such as Ziptrak blinds in Sydney. If blinds aren’t your style, there are a wide range of other window coverings that can keep the heat in as much as possible, such as curtains and blinds.
- Invest in high quality heating
You can wear as many warm layers as you like, however, there is just no substitute for good quality heating. Most of the time, good quality heating will come with it’s fair share of maintenance, too. If you want your heating system to be safe and efficient, it’s worth spending the money on a product that is going to last the distance, such as a radiator, oil heater, furnace, fireplace, or the like.
- Fill in the cracks
Where there are cracks, there is airflow. In winter, where there is airflow, there is cold air! Use a latex-based sealant that matches the colour of whatever material that you’re sealing in order to keep in the style of your home. Not only does sealing up any cracks reduce airflow and cold drafts into your home, but this also has a flow on effect in that it reduces utility bills, as your electricity won’t be working as hard to keep your home warm!
- Check for gaps
If you have any gaps in your flooring, ceiling or basement areas, fill it with expanding insulating foam. You can buy this incredibly cheap from most homeware stores. Be wary though – it expands dramatically, so you only need a little bit of spray at a time. This will also save you a load in energy bills, as your home’s electricity usage will be cut down drastically.
- Maintain your furnace and/or water heater
Regular maintenance of your heating systems can mean all the difference. No one wants to have their heating systems falter, especially in winter! Ensure you prepare for winter by conducting regular checks and maintenance on all of your heating systems.
- Clean up your backyard
With winter, comes bad weather. Bad weather means storms, rain and cold. The last thing you need during this time is for any rogue trees to fall on your home or into power lines, or for unkempt gardens to cause a safety hazard. Prune up any trees and ensure that you maintain your plans and other areas of your garden. If a backyard chore seems to arduous, hire an arborist or a gardener to help you.
Although there are aspects of winter that we love – cuddling up by the fire, rugging up with our loved ones, hot chocolate and warming, comfort food – there are parts that we detest. There’s nothing worse than being too cold, or your unprepared home being battered by the harsh winter weather. Ensure you aren’t caught out this chilly season by sticking to these 6 helpful tips.