Winter Home Tips
Make Sure Your Home Is Ready For The Fourth Season
I know it’s hard to believe, when you’re still sitting outside, probably with a cocktail in one hand, but did you know that it’s only 84 days until Christmas?
That’s why you need to start preparing the interior and exterior of your home for the cold weather now. To do this follow my ‘home winterizing checklist’ below.
First things first, you need to make sure that your heating system is working properly before the cold weather starts to set in. You can check that there are no leaks yourself by putting the central heating on low. But if you have a more complicated problem, at its best to call in the professionals like Bulletproof Heating & Cooling. Remember that heating systems are often complicated mix of electricity and pressure. So you need to make sure that whoever is working on your system is experienced and qualified.
Indoor Christmas Decorations
One of the more fun winter operations to do is getting ready for the Christmas festivities. If you’re one of those people that have all their ornaments sorted by size and colour, you probably won’t have too much to do at this time of year. But if everything gets shoved back in the attic as quick as possible, take some time to sort through your Christmas decoration items before December hits.
A good rule of thumb for doing this is to ask these questions as you sort through what you have. Do you like it? Is it in good shape? Does it have a sentimental meaning? If you can answer yes to all three questions, then you should wrap it up and keep it. If you get more no’s than yes’s you might think about having a big garage sale or donating it to the goodwill.
Winter Home Decorating
As your mind starts to turn to Christmas and the colder weather, no doubt you’ll want to get your winter home decorating done. Dust off all those extra blankets and pillows and also the throws for the beds and couch. Also, don’t forget your window draft excluder and a cosy pair of slippers for each member of the family.
Another really vital element of making sure that your home is ready for the coming winter is to give some attention to your windows. You need to make sure that there are no holes or cracks that can get the warm air out and the cold air in. If there are, use caulking to seal them where you can or get the pains replaced if necessary. If you haven’t already got double glazing, this is a great way to keep the heat in your house and reduce your energy bills. That is because there is an insulating gas in between the panes of glass in the windows that help to reduce the leakage of warm air.
It’s also critical to make sure that you have enough indoor and outdoor lighting for the winter. It gets dark earlier so you will need lights in the backyard, garage and on any walkways that you use regularly. These will help you watch where you’re going in the snow and ice and act as an added security feature during the dark winter months.
84 Days till Christmas!
Could I get you a little in ‘winter wonderland mood’ with my cozy winter home tips? Let it snow, let it snow, thanks a lot for sledging by 😉
…be soon back right here,
first published oct. 2016
updated oct. 2017