With winter rapidly approaching, it’s a good idea to get some basic house chores out of the way so you can enjoy the festive season without having to worry about the state of your home or your comfort within it. With that in mind, here are some simple things you can do:
Prepping Your Home for the Coming Winter
Reprogram the thermostat
Before winter hits, it’s a really good idea to make sure your thermostat is set at optimal levels for the kinds of temperatures you’re likely to see in your part of the world. By doing this, not only are you prepared, but you can see if your heating system is working as it should so that you have time to get it repaired, if necessary, before winter hits.
Clean the air filters
Now is also a good time to clean your home’s air filters. The correct functioning of your HVAC system depends on your filters being cleansed or replaced regularly and a failure to do so could lead to excessive levels of dust and dirt, which force the HVAC to work harder and could end up overloading it, which would be a winter disaster for sure.
Check out the roof
If you’re lucky, the winter months won’t bring any serious storms, but you never know what’s going to happen, which is why you need to get up on the roof before winter arrives. While you’re up there, check for loose, cracked, or otherwise broken tiles. Clear the gutters and mend what you can. If the problems are serious, calling in a roofing contractor will be your safest bet. It’s better to pay a little now than to end up with a leaking roof that will cost you even more money to fix.
Protect against flooding
Sure, there are some great flood damage cleanup and restoration services out there who can get you out of a fix, but I think we can all agree preventing flood damage in the first place is the smart thing to do. With that in mind, you’re going to want to check that your drains and sewage systems are in good working order and blockage free, stock up on sandbags, and consider covering concrete areas of your yard with lawn or gravel that will absorb water and prevent it from collecting where you don’t want it to.
Make the place cozy
Now the practical stuff’s out of the way, it’s time to have some fun by making your home as cozy for the winter as possible. Switch thin blankets for thick flannel versions, collect up comforting candles in your favorite winter accents – cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and maple pecan, chop wood ready for a roaring fire (if you’re in a place that’s cold enough for it), throw down a few fluffy rugs to warm your feet on cold winter mornings, and think about crafting a few signifiers of the season such as stockings or wreaths. Make your home as comfy and cozy as you can and the winter will just fly by!
Enjoy your home this winter!