Winter's coming, and with it, plunging temperatures and shorter days that make you want to curl up and relax, warm and cosy by the fire.
As the coldness looms and you prepare to pump the heat, these five simple tasks will help you stay warm, safe and energy-conscious this winter.
5. Prepare your hearth for fire
Before getting chestnuts ready for the roasting, get your fireplace set for the fire. Clean out the ashes and remember that in addition to these steps, you should have your chimney professionally cleaned every other year (more often if you burn a lot of fires).
Stock up on wood and kindling, and you're ready for a comfy, cosy season by the fire.
4. Seal the windows
Seal drafty windows to keep heat in and energy bills low with one (or both) of these two simple tasks.
First, caulk the cracks. Sold in temporary or permanent form, caulking is inexpensive and easy to apply.
Second, cover your windows in a thin plastic film and tape it down with waterproof double-sided tape, heating the edges with a hair dryer and pressing the protective layer into place.
When it gets warmer outside, simply peel the film off, open the window, and let the sun shine in.
3. Clean out your garage
Like your traditional spring cleaning, consider scheduling a traditional 'fall cleaning' of your garage. Organize the remains of your summer projects and clean and store gardening tools.
Like a seasonal turning of your closet, push what you won't be needing―the lawn-mower, hedge trimmer, rakes and summer toys―to the back and bring any winter necessities―shovels, skis and sleds―to the front.
2. Clear out the gutters
Clogged gutters block the drainage of rain and melting snow, resulting in household leaks and damage to landscape and foundation. As the last leaves fall, grab a ladder, a garbage bag, and some rubber gloves and dig in. Remove everything, from twigs to leaves to caked-on dirt.
Check that the downpipes are clear of obstruction and then ensure the entire system is un-clogged and leak-free by running water through it.
1. Check your Heat pump
Is your heating system ready to weather the winter? Have a professional check your heating system and ensure it's in good working order before you turn it on. Clean around any external components to prevent anything catching or interfering with it’s operation.
Have we missed any?
Going through these steps will help breeze through the tough Tasmanian winter and more importantly alert you to any issues before they surprise you on a frosty morning. If we’ve missed any, please let us know on our Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.