21st December is the official day that we welcome winter. Apart from starting preparing our homes to decorate them just in time for the Christmas holidays, we have to first prepare our homes to welcome the coldest season of the year. Whether you love this season or consider it to be a depressing one, you still have to prepare your home for it, whether you like it or not. So here are some essential tips to keep in mind.
Prepare your wardrobe for the new season
If you haven’t started yet, it’s time to start doing the annual seasonal conversion in your closet. Cold weather requires warm clothes so you can start taking out the stored comfortable sweaters and store your shorts and light tops unless you need them for the gym.
Clean the gutters
Check that there isn’t any debris or leaves in the way of your gutters in order to prevent any blockages that can occur due to clogged gutters on a rainy day.
Clean your fireplace
If you are a fireplace owner, then you have to start thinking about getting it ready just in time to keep you warm and comfortable. If your fireplace relies on wood, make sure that you buy it as soon as you can as you never know when you will light the fireplace for the first time after the warm weather has passed by.
Open curtains during the day
Try to take advantage of the sun and let warm sunlight in to warm your house by opening the curtains or blinds during hours of sunlight.
Draw curtains at night
Draw window curtains at night so the house won’t be too cold. Also try to buy insulated curtains that will also help you save money.
Block any cold drafts
If you have any drafts entering your home, make sure that you block them by using a door sweep. Apart from blocking the cold from entering your home and making your home cosier, this will also help you save on your energy bills. There’s nothing better than capturing the precious heat inside your home.
Lower temperature of the water heater
Also save on your energy bills by reducing the temperature of your water heater. You’ll still have plenty of hot water for bathing and for your house chores such as washing clothes and the dishes.