Preparing for Winter
Lifestyle Apr 30, 2018
Preparing for Winter
Winter is coming, so make sure you keep your home, health, and sanity intact by reading the below tips to help you prepare.
Staying indoors with the intent of keeping warm means cosying up to some of the most intimate items in your home which should before being exposed, on a daily basis due to increased use, to your skin and body and that of your family be cleaned and disinfected. Some of these items include your:
• Kettle/Coffee machine
• Pet beds, blankets, toys etc.
• Coats/Long johns/Leg warmers/Vests/Gloves
• Carpets/Couches/Any Upholstered Furniture like ottomans, foot stools
Installing a door sweep is also a great idea since this protects against moisture, dust and insects.
Prevention is better than cure
The colder air outside lowers the temperature of air underground, this chills the water that enters your hot water heater which has to work harder to heat the chilly water to the tight temperature.
So, checking your pipes for any leaks, along with lowering the hot water temperature will avoid any burst pipes or failure of heat pumps.
With Winter comes increased energy consumption and increased energy costs, both something we all want to avoid. So, to play your part in energy conservation, to avoid load shedding, as well as a sky-high utilities bill at the end of the month.
Start by using candles or paraffin in glass cylinders or closed lanterns, this is a form of both heat and lighting. Please be careful with this and only leave on non-flammable surfaced ensuring the surrounding area is free of any flammable goods or materials.
To prepare for load shedding or power cuts, ensure you have an emergency kit on hand. Suggested items include, flashlights, bottled water, battery backup for your phone, computer and other important electronic equipment, first-aid kit and, most importantly the phone numbers of the utility companies. Alternatively, follow your utility company on Twitter so get regular updates.
If you are lucky enough to have a fire place, be sure to confirm it is clean and safe before you light a fire or flick on the gas switch. Empty out all burnt ash and logs from a wood-burning fireplace and inspect for problems such as cracks, missing mortar or broken seals, in both wood-burning and gas fireplaces. When using gas, of any kind, the room should be well ventilated.
LED down lights employ a highly efficient lighting technology that typically requires 1/10 of the energy of conventional lights to produce the same amount of light.
In addition, LEDs have a longer lifespan, reducing maintenance costs. A skylight for natural lighting instead of artificial also provides heat from sunlight during the day. Renewable energy such as PV solar panels derive clean, pure energy from the sun. This helps to slow global warming by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gasses.
Do your bit this Autumn to ensure your home is Winter-ready for your family and your bank balance!
Here are some more tips that can help you