Winter is coming and it’s time to prepare your home so you can avoid the winter woes. Here’s how.
#1 Clear the gutters
It’s the perfect time to clear autumn leaves and dirt from your gutters and drains, making sure there is no damage to them or your roof. Blocked gutters and drains can cause water to overflow which can lead to water damage as well as increase the possibility of leaks—all of which can prove to be quite expensive, so get on top of it now.
#2 Is it time to buy a new heater?
How you use your heater and the size of the space you need to keep cozy will decide which type of heater is right for you.
- At Masterton, when you choose to upgrade your home with our Ultimate Inclusions, ducted reverse cycle air conditioning will be installed during your build. This kind of heating is worth it in the long run as they are fairly economical for the amount of heat they generate.
- Electric heaters are cheap and portable. They are perfect if you want to heat a smaller space for shorter periods of time.
- If you want to heat large spaces for longer times, a gas heater might be right for you. If you have an older gas heater, make sure you have it services and in good working condition before the mercury drops too low.
#3 Plan a cool-season veggie patch
In Australia, we’re lucky to have mild enough weather that many vegetables are still able to flourish in winter. This includes plants such as tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, broccoli, broad beans and many more. Winter is also an amazing time to plan what you’re going to grow throughout the year, getting an early start by beginning to grow seedlings indoors to be planted outside once the weather warms up.
#4 Cool weather window coverings
Sheer curtains are on trend but are not great at keeping the heat in. Winter is the time to invest in thicker curtains or blinds so you can keep your home well insulated, saving energy and benefiting both the environment and your pocket.
#5 Layer up
Winter is the time to make your home cozy, with plush materials like velvet, chunky knitted throws and warming hints of colour. Just a few new cushions can help create a snug space to curl up in on those chillier days, with a cup of tea and a book of course!
Winter’s also the time to get out your warm doona, the flannel sheets and make sure you’re towels are nice and fluffy, all adding extra comfort during the cooler months. Get out your winter woollies and get rid of any items you don’t need cluttering up your wardrobe. And don’t forget to add ambience with candles especially on those darker days—they’ll warm everything up, not only aesthetically but by choosing warm, comforting or spicy scents.
#6 Get the small jobs done
Winter weather is the perfect backdrop to do the small things you haven’t had a chance to get to when the weather outside is too inviting to resist. These small home jobs could be things as simple as oiling the hinges on doors and cupboards, giving the oven a once over or cleaning the skirting boards.
#7 Safety first
- Get your smoke detectors safety checked or replace their batteries
- If it’s old, get your heater serviced
- Make sure you check your electric blanket for any faults or damage
- Before you crank up the heat in your home, make sure you clean out any dust build up in your air vents and filters
- Check seals on hot water bottles to prevent nasty scalds