Summer is almost over, and we’ll soon be into fall. And that means winter isn’t too far away! That means now is the perfect time to get your home ready for the colder months. It’s best to get everything sorted now rather than wait until the very end of fall. The weather is still good, so you’ll be able to do plenty of outside work now before all the cold temperatures and wintry weather arrive. But what exactly do you need to do to your home? Here are our top tips for preparing it for winter.
Maintain The Heating System
No one wants a cold house. Especially through the winter! So now is the time to double check that your heating system is in perfect working order. This shouldn’t take too much effort. You won’t have had it on throughout the whole summer, so simply turn it on to make sure it still works. Leave it on for an hour or so to ensure nothing goes wrong. If you hear any funny sounds, it could be a good idea to call out a serviceman to take a look. It’s also a good idea to invest in a backup in case anything happens to your heating and you have to wait a few days for someone to come and take a look. It can be handy buying a generator for your electricity system. If your electricity ever cuts out because of bad weather, you may be left without heating as well as lights. To figure out which generator is best for you, take a look at planbprep.com for great reviews.
Unblock Your Drains
It’s important not to go into winter with blocked drains and drain pipes. So during fall you need to get your ladder out and climb up to clean out all your gutters. If your gutters are clear, you shouldn’t have too big a problem with your drainpipes. Fall is the worst time for them getting blocked up with dead leaves falling from the trees. All you need to do is pick them out. It could be worth also pouring some boiling water into them and down the drainpipes. This will help remove any clogged dirt and debris. Make sure you always have someone down on the ground holding your ladder for you. This will prevent it from falling over and causing you a serious injury!
Bleed Your Radiators
If your radiators haven’t been on for a few months, it could be time to bleed them. This needs to be done to get rid of any air bubbles that are trapped in the system. You might not need to do it; there’s an easy way to tell if you should, though. Just turn on each radiator. They should all heat up equally. But if one is cool at the top and warm on the bottom, it should be bled. It’s easy to do. Simply get your radiator key and unwind the valve at the top. Dirty water should pour out. Once you have released some air and water, tighten the valve, and your radiator will be working fine.
Add Winter Items To Your Car
It’s not only your home that you should be thinking about now. Your car also needs to be taken into consideration. Once the bad weather hits, there will be a lot more accidents out on the roads because of all the snow and ice. Many drivers also get stuck if they venture out in terrible conditions. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to ensure that you stay safe when driving in the winter. The best thing you can do is put lots of winter items into the trunk of your car. You will need some jump leads if you ever break down. Also, plan for getting stuck in the snow. Store a spare jumper, high-visibility jacket, and shovel in your trunk. You could also do with a torch and spare batteries as well. One other excellent idea is to get some snow tyres on your car. You’ll find it much easier to drive in bad conditions with them on.
Get Your Store Cupboard Stocked Up
You won’t want to brave the winter weather just to go to the supermarket. So now is a good time to start stocking up your store cupboard or larder ready for when all that snow hits. Start buying tinned and dried food. It might not be the healthiest, but at least you won’t be going hungry when you can’t be bothered to go grocery shopping. Fruit will be very cheap in the shops right now, so it’s a good idea to stock up and make jams and conserves with it. Fresh fruit won’t be as good through winter as it won’t be in season. But jam and marmalades are a great way of ensuring you have something fruity to enjoy in December and January. If you have a slow cooker, you should also get it out now and start thinking about delicious recipes to cook this winter.
Pest Proof Your Home
Pests and vermin will have a hard time surviving out in the cold over winter. That’s why many families end up finding an infestation in their property once the weather starts turning colder. There are a number of ways you can prevent this. The easiest way is to ensure that all your food is stored correctly. It needs to be out of reach in the fridge or in cupboards. If you bake something and need to leave it to cool, keep a close eye on it. It could attract pests into your home. You also need to check the pipes under your kitchen sink. If they are leaking slightly, they will be creating a water source for little animals and creepy crawlies. Tighten the pipes to ensure you aren’t unwittingly offering pests and vermin something to drink.
As you can see, getting your home ready for winter won’t take too much time or effort. Got anything planned this weekend? If not, maybe you should start thinking about getting prepared for the colder months!