Preparing Your Home for the Cooler Months

Keep things running smoothly

In this post, we will be providing you with some useful tips on how to prepare your home for the cooler months. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. Now is a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly.

The weather can change quickly, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.

  • Heating system maintenance: An annual inspection is important to make sure your heating system is working properly and operating at peak performance this winter.
  • Check for draughts: Feel for draughts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draught. If necessary, replace seals and make repairs around window and door frames.
  • Clean the fireplace and chimney: You can clear out ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. Have the chimney cleaner check the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts.
  • Clean the gutters: Now is a good time to clear your gutters. Hire a reputable company to remove leaves and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
  • Store garden furniture: Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
  • Test home safety devices: Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly. Learn more on fire safety here.
  • Install rails: If you have steps at your front or back door, consider fitting a grab rail and this will help maintain your balance when walking on a slippery drive or footpath up to your front door.

Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. When the chilly weather approaches you and your home will be ready.

Conversely, when the weather is warmer, read our top tips for staying cool.

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