Tips to Make Your Home Winter-Ready

Tips to Make Your Home Winter-Ready

Now winter has rolled around, you want to make sure your home is safe, warm, and ready for whatever mother nature will throw at it. The beauty of winter is that it can be a lovely, cosy time of the year – regardless of the weather outside.

Here is our guide to get your home ready for the season and ward off those winter blues!

Add a rug to keep your floors warm

Hardwood, tile, or concrete floors aren’t just uncomfortable to walk on in winter—they also account for about 10-20% of heat loss when they’re not insulated. Adding a plush rug will not only make your room look and feel cosier, but also help with heat retention.

Switch your ceiling fans into reverse

This easy life hack will push warm air down into the room instead of directing it upwards and away.

Consider heating options that suit your specific needs
If you haven’t considered it before, it’s time to revaluate your heating options this winter. Some options are more efficient than others. It is wise to research and select the most economical source for your individual needs.

Electric space heaters:

Portable, cheap, and good for small spaces and individual people. To keep your home warm without spending a fortune on energy, electric space heaters are a great option. They are a smart economical alternative if you only want to heat individual rooms that require it.

Gas heaters:

Gas heaters are larger appliances that typically provide more heat output than electric heaters. They are a good choice for homeowners who wish to heat medium-sized spaces for extended periods of time. So, if you are planning to keep the heater on for most of the day, a gas heater is more economical than a portable electric one. But keep in mind that gas is a fossil fuel and therefore not the best option if you’re looking to go green.

Reverse cycle air conditioners:

Great for heating both individual rooms and larger areas such as an open-plan living space.

The upfront costs of buying and installing a split-system air con are higher but can pay off in the long run. Compared to electric space heaters, every unit of electricity they consume can generate three or more units of heat due to their heat pump technology. For individual rooms, opt for small models, while larger models are best for bigger open-plan areas.

Clean air vents and filters

It’s tempting to ignore this job, but completing it not only protects yourself from allergies, you’ll also enjoy year-round savings on your heating and cooling bill. Keeping the filter clean and replacing old ones can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15% and make all the difference in winter.

Seal cracks and gaps

Unsealed cracks and gaps can cause heat loss in your home. Track down any draughts, particularly around doors and windows, and seal them up to make your home nice and cosy. Your local hardware store will be able to provide advice on the best products to use. A cheap option is a door snake, which will keep cold air from coming in under your doors.

Another trick you can use to spot hidden leaks is the “candle test”. Take a lit candle, walk around your home, and hold it near places where you suspect leaks. If the flame starts to flicker, it’s an indication of a leak you need to address.

Declutter the gutters

Check that gutters are cleared to ensure your home isn’t vulnerable to damage during the colder months. Clogged gutters obstruct rain drainage, resulting in household leaks and damage to foundations.

To be safe, make sure it’s a clear day. Pull out your step ladder, slap on some rubber gloves, and start by scooping out fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris. Then give your gutter a good hose-down to take care of any spots you may have missed. It’s also a good way to spot any leaks in your downpipes so you can replace them early.

You may also want to consider installing mesh guards—they are a cost-effective method to keep leaves & debris out and dramatically reduce cleaning time.