Winter is Coming! Tips to get your house prepared for the colder months

Sorrento Living Winter is Coming

With winter and the wet and windy season fast approaching now is the best time to get your home ready for the colder months.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the long, cold wet winter and reduce the risk of damage some storms can make.

Inside

  • Heavier curtains – Up to 40 per cent of the heat escapes from your home in winter from uncovered windows.
  • Temperature control – Heat the room you are using to 20-22 degrees this will be comfortable in addition to keeping your electricity use down.
  • Rooms not in use – Close off any rooms that are not in use.
  • Sunshine – If you have north facing windows, open up the curtains to let the sun heat up your house.
  • Be sure to replace or repair any broken window locks or latches in case of strong winds. While doing this make sure all windows open and close properly, in case of fire.
  • Make sure all smoke detectors are working with fresh batteries.
  • It’s a good idea to have spare batteries, torches, matches and candles in the house in case of black-outs.

Outside

  • Consider installing ceiling insulation or topping up old thinning insulation. A well insulated house can use as much as 45 per cent less energy than a house without insulation!
  • Cold air entering from cracks and gaps can account for 15 to 25 per cent of heat loss in your home! Use
    weather stripping around doors and windows, gap filler for cracks in walls or a simple door snake will help.
  • Get your hands dirty – Autumn brings colour to any garden but it also brings leaf foliage in gutters. Clear debris and
    check for rust and blockages, which can cause flooding. It is best to do this a few times during Autumn. Consider
    replacing old guttering sooner rather than later because it can result in damage inside your house.
  • Mortar joints – Check on the exterior of the house for any signs of movement.
  • Piping Hot – Insulate external hot water pipes with lagging (insulation tape) to reduce heat loss from the hot water
    tank to the taps.
  • Get your heater serviced professionally to ensure it runs efficiently. Keep heaters free of dust and clean filters
    regularly.
  • If you have open fires throughout your house be sure to have them inspected and cleaned by a
    professional.
  • Prepare your pool for the cold. Test chlorine levels, scrub walls and floors, vacuum the entire pool and empty the
    pump’s lint basket, clean the filter and lastly add a secure pool cover to keep debris out.
  • Open the gate – Make sure all gates open and close properly before you are caught in the rain or the rough winds don’t blow it open and let your pet out.
  • Autumn is the best time to fertilise your lawn to ensure it remains healthy during the colder months.
  • Rake up fallen leaves and debris to prevent suffocation and bare spots on your lawn.
  • Prune shrubs and trim back tree branches away from the house and have dead branches or trees removed.

Once Winter arrives, make sure to tie down anything that can be blown around or away and put away breakables that are outside and you don’t want damaged.

But most of all make sure your ready with some hot chocolate and marshmallows and can sit inside and watch your favourite TV shows or movies and enjoy the Winter time!