Preparing for the colder days

Timber decking

 

The months of beautiful weather have come to an end. Those of us who are lucky enough to be in our own home have grown accustomed to having windows open, lighter curtains and constant fans; this is how we’ve adjusted to hotter weather. But colder days and nights means we need to change things up a bit – especially in those areas we rarely actually consider.

Check the heating system

For all of the hot nights, you’ve probably forgotten that you have a heating system. And since you’ve probably forgotten, you probably are unaware of its condition. This is a good time to make sure it is in working order. Get a professional to assess and repair accordingly.

Fight the leaves

The average home in the United States has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group. During months where is no rain, you of course don’t need to worry. But this is all preparation – so leaks or holes will prove unfortunate. And leaks can arise from overlooked areas, such as, remarkably, dirty or clogged gutters.

Yes, gutters should be cleaned so that the water doesn’t accumulate, ice over and begin penetrating other areas and small holes the naked eye cannot see. Autumn is known as Fall for a reason, thus we should use the more dry time to clear the gutter of the accumulation of fallen leaves.

Protect the outside from elements

Though your walls should be able to withstand the cold and rain – though if they can’t, you should either move house or renovate – there will be items we keep outside. In summer, we can use this at our own leisure, not worrying about the elements. But with winter’s arrival, we should start caring more. Whether we’re talking timber decking or metal rungs, we must decide whether these are able to withstand colder, wetter elements and take necessary precautions.

There are many things we can do, such as check various levels, metres, equipment; we can purchase additional blankets and new clothes and better curtains. Being too comfortable in one setting is a setup for being uncomfortable in another.

 

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