Usually, at this time of year, gutters tend to start filling up with leaves and other debris. But drainage issues can channel water down the side of your property, potentially damaging the foundation and leading to damp and mould problems down the line. So, before heavy rains set in, it’s a good idea to get a professional to help you clean the gutters.
If you have a heat pump, now can be a good time to give it a good cleaning, checking that no plants, debris and branches are blocking the vents. Is your unit outdoors? Then consider calling an expert to service it and clean the coils. This way, your heat pump will be in tip top shape when you most need it. Plus, according to experts, keeping the filter clean or replacing old filters can reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 per cent.
Need an extra heater or two? You may want to assess your options now. To heat up a small room for a short period, an electric heater can be an affordable and portable solution, whereas gas heaters are usually ideal for larger spaces and longer periods of time. And of course, if your budget allows it, you might get a heat pump for each bedroom, too.
Staying warm isn’t just about heating up, but also preventing the heat from sneaking out. If you don’t want to invest in double or triple-glazing, retailers like Mitre 10 and Bunnings sell window insulator kits for about $30. It’s basically clear film that’s easy to install, reduces condensation and prevents frost build-up.
Some layered or insulated curtains, or roller blinds, can also go a long way in maintaining warm air inside the home during the cold season.
Without underfloor insulation, tiles and hardwood floors also tend to let heat escape. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to carpet your entire home. Covering your floors strategically with rugs can make a big difference.
How warm is your duvet? You may want to get a quality one before winter ‘bites’. Usually, cotton and microfibre quilts provide lighter insulation, so for extra comfort, wool and feather quilts may be a better option.
On this note, keep in mind that not all quilts are the same. Goose down quilts, for example, tend to be soft, light and fluffy, providing warmth without weight. And if you prefer a heavier layer of warmth, experts say that wool quilts are ideal for cooler months and cold sleepers.
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