How to Save Money & Prevent Seasonal Emergencies with a Winter Home Checklist
Things are much cheerier and warmer now in Australia as we enjoy spring and look forward to another summer and Christmas season.
But just because we’re looking at the warm days, doesn’t mean we can’t cast back to what our winter was like and think about more ways to improve our homes for the next year. We’ve got a few tips that can help you be ready for the next winter season when it comes.
Stock Up On De-Icing Salt
If you live in a part of Australia that gets snow, or even a bit of ice, then de-icing salt is an efficient way to deal with this problem in front of your home.
In the event of heavy snowfall, or a storm, there’s really only one solution, and that’s a shovel or even a snow blower. But when the snow’s a little lighter and ice is the real problem, salt is the perfect solution.
By spreading de-icing salt on the sidewalk, driveway, and even outdoor plumbing, light snowfall doesn’t even have to be shoveled away, it will melt by itself. The bigger benefit, however, is that ice on a sidewalk or the drive leading up to your home and garage, will melt when put in contact with salt, and stay that way, even if the temperature is below freezing.
Make Sure Your Alarms Still Work
Your fire alarm is important throughout the year. Depending on the kind of heating you have in your home, your carbon monoxide alarm plays a very important role during the winter months.
However, both of these alarms should be checked to make sure they’re still working as intended. If not, either replace the batteries or get new alarms. The reason to want your carbon monoxide alarm to be ready for a winter season of operation is because of your heating system.
Most modern heating systems now burn gas in the furnace, and one of the by-products of this process, if something goes wrong, can be carbon monoxide. Unfortunately, not only is carbon monoxide lethal, it has no taste or smell, so you’ll never know about a leak in your home unless an alarm is there to warn you.
Keep Your Insulation & Ventilation in Good Shape
Paying the bills for heating isn’t all about just how much energy your furnace burns up, it’s also about how much heat stays in your home.
Insulation is one of the best ways to ensure that once your home is warm, the heat stays there for as long as possible, instead of leaking outside.
Have your insulation inspected, especially in areas like attics, which may be prone to water damage if you’ve had leaks in your roof. Ventilation is another important aspect, especially for any modern, central heating system.
The ventilation ducts are responsible for distributing both warm and cool air throughout the home depending on the season. Keep these ducts clean! Also, make sure that any exhausts that need to vent waste, or any intakes that need to draw in air, are also unobstructed.
It’s a lot harder to get cool air in the summer if the condenser that’s supposed to take in this air is blocked. By following these suggestions, you can avoid emergencies in your Penrith, NSW home, regardless of the season.