Are you ready for winter? I wish I was, but it seems to have managed to creep up on me this year. Still, I think I’ve got at least one more week to get everything in order before the mad rush begins. I’ve already started buying Christmas presents but my home isn’t prepared yet. That’s where this post is sure to help you if you’re in the same boat. I’m going to tell you all about how to make sure that your home is prepared for the coming winter months.
Check Your Heating
If you have a boiler, it’s important to get it inspected before winter. It might need a repair and if it does it’s going to bleed energy. That means it will cost a fortune just to heat your home. You could consider looking into a boiler cover plan. In the winter months, the bills are already bad because of the chilly weather, so you don’t want to make them any worse.
If you have a stove, you may want to think about getting a new fan. A heat powered stove fan can do wonders for circulating the air around the room. It will keep your house toasty through the winter months without using more energy.
Fix Your Insulation
Do you have a problem with your insulation? If you do, you’ll know about it because you’ll have to turn the heating up on full blast to stay warm. Again, this is going to make your bills a fortune. To avoid this, you can fix troubles with your home insulation. There are a few solutions I suggest. First, you can try upgrading the windows in your house to double or triple glazing. This is quite an expensive solution, but you might find the cost is worth it. You’ll certainly save a lot on energy bills; that’s for sure. Or, you may just want to shut doors in your home more and keep the curtains closed. This won’t work miracles, but you should see a notable improvement in keeping the heat in your home.
Prepare For Power Cuts
Where we live, winter storms often cut the power out. Either snow falls on the electric lines or winds blow them over. But in any case I’ve gone for days and even once a week without power. When that happens, it’s good to be prepared. Obviously, you should stock up on candles and lanterns. But you might also want to invest in an emergency battery power source. This can guarantee that you have enough electric to make sure Christmas day without power is not a complete disaster.
Don’t Forget The Car!
Lastly, it’s important that you get your car ready for winter. Just because the snow starts to fall doesn’t mean that your life grinds to a halt. You’ll still have to go places, and you need to make sure your car is safe for travel. Consider buying winter wheels and do make sure you have some de-icer. Having your car stuck because you can’t de-ice your windows is a nightmare that you can avoid.