Dampness can become an issue in winter in particular, when there is less natural light and often less airflow through a home.
This increases the chance of mould and can exacerbate any existing dampness issues. This issue is best nipped in the bud.
Check damp, dark places in particular, such as bathroom cupboards and wardrobes. Be mindful that bleaching products will only hide mould spores not get rid of them, we recommend trying clove oil diluted in water and put in a spray bottle for removing mould.
Clean out the gutters and drains
As the trees have now shed their last leaves, it’s an important time to get on top of things and clear out your gutters and drains before heavy rain and storms begin. Clogged gutters prevent rain drainage and can result in household leaks and damage to foundations. Making sure it’s a clear day for safety reasons, use gloved hands to scoop debris into a bucket, hosing down your gutters once complete to clear anything you might have missed. This will also identify any holes or leaks in your downpipes which will need to be replaced before it’s too late.
Check for Leaks and Drafts
Sealing air or even water leaks around your home is a simple task which will prevent cold spots, and improve energy efficiency by stopping heat from escaping. This will help save money on your electricity bill as unsealed homes are vulnerable to expensive heat loss.
Check your home’s windows for any gaps or damaged seals and look under doors for daylight or other signs of big openings which should be sealed off. Another way to spot harder to find leaks is with the ‘candle test’. Walk around your home with a lit candle and hold near places you suspect may have a leak. If the flame starts to flicker, you have found a leak which needs attention.
Clean and Replace Air Vents and Filters
Before you begin to crank up the heating in your home, it is vital to clean out the build-up of dust and allergens in your air vents and filters. Not only will this keep your family safe and healthy, it will also save money on heating and cooling. If your unsure on how to go about this call Alpha & Omega Air Conditioning today.
Clean vents using a vacuum with a brush attachment and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining mould and dust.
If you haven’t done so already, replace the batteries on your smoke alarm and test any electrical heating appliances such as heaters and electric blankets for any faults or damage.
Cover Up Hard-Floors
If the floors in your home are tiles, hardwood or concrete, try adding a rug for added warmth. Hard floors are not only cold to walk on but they also don’t hold in any heat. Adding a rug will help with heat retention and make your room cosy.
With the change of seasons, it’s time to store away your warm weather bedding and bring out the blankets! Replace your bedsheets with cosy flannelette or linen sheets and layer with blankets and fluffy throws for added comfort and warmth.
Cover Your Windows
In winter, up to 40% of heat in your home escapes through uncovered windows. Keep your windows covered to insulate your home and prevent heat loss. This is an energy efficient way to keep your home warm and save money on electricity. Sheer curtains are great for balmy summer weather but they’re not so good at keeping the heat in and the cool out. If your windows are lacking in the window-covering department consider investing in some layered or insulated curtains or roller blinds.
Opening your window coverings to let your home soak in the sun during the day is another great way to heat your home, however, by the time you come home to close them, the heat has already escaped!
Stock Up On Firewood
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, stocking up now on firewood and keeping it dry, will save you the panic if winter arrives earlier than expected.
Check your insulation
It may be wise to check your home’s insulation too – while it is a bit of a pain to replace, it can be well worth the trouble if it’s damaged or no longer working effectively.