Keeping your home in check isn’t always easy – it can feel like there’s a never-ending list of chores to do and tasks to undertake! But if you keep on top of them and keep chipping away, and allocate specific jobs to the season, then the list won’t feel as daunting. In the winter month, you’ll likely spend much more time at home using more resources, so maintenance is essential. For 5 essential winter home maintenance tips, read on!
1. Check your heating
Heating your home is key at this time of year, so make sure that everything is in perfect working order. If your home is losing heat it could be for a variety of reasons, whether it’s your Roofing not being properly insulated or your heating system not working correctly. If you haven’t had a check for a while, now is the time to get your boiler serviced to ensure it’s running efficiently and not wasting money. If your heating system is old, it could even be time to replace it. While this is an expensive upfront cost, it will save you a lot of money in the long run as your home will be heated more efficiently.
2. Get draft proofing
With the global energy crisis still ongoing, it’s in everyone’s interest to reduce the energy used at home. So, to keep your home warmer and less drafty, work on draft-proofing your home. You can do this in small ways by adding draft excluding tape to the inside of windows and around door frames, as well as adding draft excluders.
3. Insulate pipes
A burst pipe in winter is an absolute nightmare and something to avoid at all costs. One way to do this is to insulate them before the temperature drops below zero and put the heating on to stop water from freezing in the pipes. You can insulate pipes by adding insulating tubes where possible.
4. Keep on top of garden maintenance
It can be easy to forget this, as you’ll be spending more time at home and less time outside, but this is still important in maintaining the health and quality of your outside areas in preparation for spring and summer. Make sure to keep an eye on lawn care, and prepare your garden by trimming back shrubs and trees, removing any dead branches and tidying up the borders. Make sure you also have the right tools prepared if it snows, such as a snow blower to ensure you’re not snowed in in a storm.
5. Check your carbon monoxide alarm
This should be done frequently, especially if the boiler is in a room that is used heavily, but especially during the winter when the heating is being used. This is essential for the safety of everyone residing in the home, so don’t miss this step. The consequences could be fatal.
Hopefully, this list has given you an idea of some jobs to get done during the winter months. They will all contribute to you having a comfortable, happy home to spend time in during winter. When you’ve ticked everything off the list, you can treat yourself to a bubbling mug of hot chocolate!