Ready For The Big Freeze With Total Ease
Now, we’re not the kind of people that like to celebrate Christmas before Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed, but there are certain things where we like to get ahead of ourselves so the life doesn’t get on top of us and, yes, that includes getting our home ready for Winter. After all, it’s November now. Fall isn’t just here, it is has come, partied, left a ton of frost in its path and then gone back to tell winter it is safe to come out now.
The good news is, there is still a little bit of time to get your home ready for the big freeze. The bad news is, there isn’t much time. So, to help you get organized, we have pulled together a list of things you can do this week. No excuses.
Stack Up The Firewood
Don’t worry, we’re going to get onto your heating system, but we can’t mention winter and not mention a log fire. It’s that time of year where you can get all snuggly on the sofa as the sound of crackling logs fills the silence between the kids going to bed and you flicking on Netflix. Of course, to have a log fire, you need logs, good logs. So ask around, look on Google and start getting as much hardwood as you can.
Fix Your Heating Woes
It doesn’t matter whether you live in a tiny apartment with a small heating system or you took no chances and went down the commercial HVAC route, it is November now and that means your heating is no doubt on. If you have had yours serviced already this fall, then good on you. If you haven’t, then get on it. Not only will a service make it run more efficiently, it will also stop your system wasting dollars every time it splutters on. That’s a double win.
Get On The Gutters
It isn’t the most wonderful – or safest – of jobs, so if you don’t feel up to it, then look into hiring someone. So long as you clean your gutters out once all the leaves have fallen, you can pat yourself on the back because you may well have averted a disaster before it had a chance to happen. It’s like The Minority Report of the home maintenance world. The majority of “water in the basement” issues come from clogged gutters.
DIY Heating Moves
Aside from getting someone to give your heating system the once over, there are certain things you can do to reduce your heating bill, such as get the caulk out, weatherstrip your windows and doors, and add insulation to any rooms that are starting to feel a little too nippy for your liking. The hardest part of this is knowing whether the gaps are. So, either get yourself a phone attachment that detects temperature or just walk around with a candle and then look for any flickering. Yes, the latter is slightly more archaic, but it’s quite fun too.
And there we have it. Your chance to say, “take that, winter,” while slurping on a homemade pumpkin latte.