The cooler weather is starting to set in and while it would be nice to be able to sit by a crackling fire, there are other ways to keep your home nice and warm.
Below are a few tips that will help you winter proof your home so that you can feel cosy even on the coldest days.
Seal up gaps and cracks – It will be hard to keep your home warm if you’re letting cold air seep in. Check around windows and doors for any gaps or cracks and if you find any then seal them up with caulking and weather stripping.
Spend time in the kitchen – Don’t be tempted to order in when you could help warm your home up by using your oven or stovetop. The heat from these will emit warmth throughout your home, plus a hot meal will warm you up from the inside too.
Cover windows and floors – Heavy curtains will help keep warmth from escaping through the windows, just make sure to open them during the day to let the sun in.
It’s also a good idea to put down floor coverings and rugs. This will help keep your feet warm and for those with floorboards it will block cold air from coming up through the floor.
Change your fan settings – Some ceiling fans actually have a winter setting. When in winter mode a fan will push warm air downwards instead of upwards and away.
Invest in insulation – One of the best things you can do to improve energy efficiency in your home is to insulate. Insulation is most effective in the ceiling because heat rises and this is where a lot of heat will escape.
Tune up heaters – Heating equipment needs periodic check-ups to help keep it running smoothly. By keeping your heaters in good working condition they will be more efficient, reduce energy costs and help keep your more comfortable.
Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines about how often your heater should be cleaned or serviced.
Put on winter woollies – Last but not least, if you’re looking to keep warm this winter then don’t underestimate the power of rugging up. Cover yourself in warm, thick layers on cold days so you don’t need to fear walking into a chilly room.
If you’re selling this winter then you may like to follow some of the above tips for open homes so that your home is warm and cosy for buyers.
For any further advice about selling your home in winter contact McGrath Central Tablelands.