Winter can be a lovely season; cold wind, rain, and storms aside! Winter is a time when you start to realise various home improvement tasks that haven’t been tended to. Ceiling leaks, gaps in your window seals, inadequate insulation and heating. Your home can really feel the elements in the deep of winter!
How will your family and your home withstand the next few long, cold months of sometimes chaotic and unpredictable weather?
Maintaining your home to a standard that can withstand winter is not just a short-term task. It’s important to maintain your home year-round – to keep your family warm and secure, and to improve the value of your home over time.
Here’s a home maintenance checklist for winter:
This checklist will keep your family warm, dry and healthy year-round, but it’s essential during the colder winter months. Checking these items off your list will make your home more energy efficient, keeping the cost of your power bills down.
1. Check your fire alarms
Checking your fire alarms are in working order at the change of the season is a great habit to get into. Test each of the fire alarms, and install more alarms if required. It’s easy to forget about heaters and electric blankets being left on in the winter as well all try to feel warmer and cosier in our homes. This can increase the risk of house fire, so working smoke alarms are essential. Also, long curtains hanging next to open fires and heaters can also be a fire threat, so it pays to use a fire screen.
2. Check for gaps
Warm air can escape through cracks and gaps around your home, making your home less energy efficient and driving up your monthly power bills. Pick up some sealant and rubber strips from your local hardware store to fill in gaps around doors and windows. Also, you can’t go past a draught stopper for your front and back doors.
3. Add some soft touches
Rugs and thick curtains may help spruce up your home, but they’re also great options for keeping your home warm, particularly if you have hard floors. Opt for thermal lined curtains, or at least curtains with a thicker material. Rugs can soften the look of your hard flooring, while also acting as insulation, trapping more of the heat inside your home.
4. Clear your drains
The last thing you need in a downpour is clogged drains. Your drains will block, overflow, sag and ultimately end up permanently damaging your home. The biggest downpours are often unexpected, so it pays to clean your gutters and downpipes before the colder weather sets in and this task becomes more laborious. Winter is a great time to consider a gutter protection solution such as gutter guards. This will stop your gutters being clogged up with debris such as sticks, leaves and moss, and let rainwater flow freely through your gutters and drains.
5. Check your roof
Clearing your drains is also an opportunity to check the health of your roof – again are there any gaps, cracks or holes? Heat can escape here also, but more importantly, birds and other critters can use these as entry points into your ceiling where they can set up a place to nest. If you’re already considering gutter guards for your home, you can also make sure your home is bird proofed at the same time.
Aussie Gutter Protection are Melbourne’s gutter guard installation specialists, and can also ensure your home is bird-proofed, pest free and ready to take on the colder winter months.
Get in touch with our gutter protection team for friendly advice on the best solution for your new home.