Rather than leaving it until you reach breaking point, winter-proof your home now by ensuring it is equipped to handle the cold and spread the heat.
From servicing your heater to creating a winter coat, here are the best ways to prep your home for winter.
There are multiple steps to this process depending on the type of heating system you have.
If you have an electric heater, maintenance comes down to checking electrical cords and wiring are safe, as well as that the filter is clean and dust-free.
If you have a gas heating system, things get more complicated. According to Energy Safe Victoria, you should have your gas heater serviced at least once every two years. Having it serviced by a qualified gasfitter means the heater is cleaned and its operation is checked.
Going into winter, it is a good time to check all your fire alarms and smoke detectors are up to date and functioning correctly.
Change batteries if needed and check used-by dates, bearing in mind that alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years.
If you use gas energy, install a carbon monoxide alarm for extra safety and peace of mind. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Starting with your windows, floors and bedding, now is the time to give your home its winter coat.
Covering a timber or tiled floor can actually make a world of difference when it comes to insulation – plus it’s easier on the feet.
Similarly, dress your windows in heavy curtains. While linen and light-weight fabrics may suffice for summer, you’ll need something heavier in winter to act as a barrier between those cold window panes and your toasty room.
Finally, make sure you have the right bedding for the weather. Quilts and doonas typically come in ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ versions – with the summer cover being lighter and more breathable. However, this usually won’t cut it in winter when the last thing you want is cold air finding its way into your cocoon.
It’s important to manage temperature sustainably by rugging up in your winter woollies before you reach for the heater. This is especially true when you’re working from home.
While it may be tempting to have your heater going all day, try first to pile on the layers. Grab your dressing gown and woollen socks, and ensure any spaces with great light exposure are absorbing that beautiful winter sun. And if you do need the heater, avoid leaving it on overnight or for extended periods.
Your energy bill – not to mention the planet – will be better for it.
Author: Energy Safe Victoria