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Get Your Home Winter-Ready
The weather is getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter, for many of us at least, which is why now is the perfect time to think about getting your home ready for winter. By preparing now, you can hunker down and cozy up to when winter finally rears her icy head. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways you can get your home winter-ready:
Check the roof
Get up there and check what kind of state your roof is in now because all it will take is one intense spell of wind, rain, or snow to bring your house down if the tiles are loose or there are holes in the roof, and that’s the last thing you want to be dealing with in the holiday season.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of roofs, if you want to be as toasty as…well, toast when winter comes around, you might consider adding some roof insulation to your property if you don’t already have any.
Gutters help keep rainwater away from your property where they can flood it or cause dampness to form, so ahead of winter, take the time to remove any debris from your gutters so that the water can flow freely.
Service the heating system
If you want to be warm this winter, now is the time to ensure your heating system is working as it should so that you have enough time to find new parts or get a new heat pump installation if there is a problem. If you don’t try to turn the heating on until it actually gets cold, you’re asking for trouble!
Switch out the curtains
Hanging heavier curtains is a great way to make your home cozier in the winter months because the thick fabric will help keep the cold out and the heat in. For instance, heavy velvet curtains can also help create a warm, fuzzy winter decor, so it’s worth doing for that alone.
If you have a real fireplace on your property and you plan to throw a few logs on this winter, be sure to clear the chimney so that there are no obstructions that could potentially cause cartoon monoxide to build up in your home where it could do some serious harm.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, get one. You’ll probably have the heating system or fire on more often, and that always brings risk with it. By having an alarm, you can act quickly should anything break down and start releasing gas.
Bring out all the blankets
Now, all that remains is to start making the place as cozy as possible, which means bring out all the thick heavy blankets, lighting a few winter-scented candles, and maybe hanging a winter wreath,
Winter is great when you have a safe and cozy home to retreat to, so what are you waiting for?