How to get your home ready for winter

26 Apr 2019

Winter-ready-Teaser.jpg Winter is on its way and as the temperature drops and the days become shorter, most of us tend to find more excuses to spend time inside. To prepare for this, it is time to get your home winter ready! There is nothing worse than battling the cool winds and rain in early June doing jobs you could have finished in the previous months. So, it's time to get organised!

Prepare your heating
Whether you will be using a traditional fireplace, gas or electric heater, keeping your house warm in winter is essential. If you have a fireplace, grab a torch and look inside for potential build up, bird nests or obvious cracks. If all looks good, clean out the ashes. Keep in mind that you should consider having your chimney professionally cleaned every other year just to make sure everything is in working order. Remember to stock up on wood and kindling too, and then you’re ready for a cosy season by the fire!

If you have an electric or gas heater, ensure it is still safe to use. Always check your heater is working correctly and have it professionally service, regularly. There are some warning signs your heater could be malfunctioning or need a service, such as if you are having difficulty lighting it or keeping it alight, yellow flames, unusual smells or noisy fans.

Clear out the gutters
Can you remember the last time you cleared out your gutters? With winter nearing, most gutters are filled with autumn leaves, so it might be time to get up that ladder and clear those gutters out. A build-up of untamed plant debris can produce a fire hazard, and also stops rain water from draining away properly after a downpour, which can potentially lead to damage to your home.

Prepare for a possible winter storm
Perth weather doesn't typically see extreme weather for the most part, but the past couple of years have shown we aren’t immune to a bad storm every once and a while.

If you have overhanging trees or branches, it is best to use this time before winter hits to avoid possible damage during a storm. Also, assess any trees that may be coming too close to powerlines and trim accordingly. Your local council is usually responsible for trimming trees on the street verges, so give them a call if any are creeping up towards the powerlines.

Lock away any lose items that could become airborne during a storm. Bicycles, deck chairs and patio umbrella should be packed away or fixed to ensure they can't do damage. 

In case of a bad storm, ensure you are prepared by always having a fully-stocked emergency kit on hand. Include batteries, a torch, candles, matches and lighter, warm clothes, blankets, a battery powered radio, non-perishable food items, water, and a first aid kit. Be sure to include adequate amounts for every member of your family and store in an easy to reach place (yet out of reach of children).

Even with the fire or heater going, there could still be a slight chill in the air around your home. The key is to insulate. Is your couch or dining table next to a large window? If so, consider investing in some insulated window treatments to help heat up the area. Long, heavy curtains are a great way to stop the heat escaping through windows (not to mention they will help to keep the heat outcome summer time!).

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