The cooler weather is fast approaching and Winters in Australia can be quite severe, with sudden storms, freezing temperatures, and torrential downpours. We spend more time indoors during the colder months due to us having fewer daylight hours and lower temperatures therefore, we should take the time to plan ahead for the comfort, warmth, and protection we expect from our homes.
Invest in heaters and fireplaces
You'll probably want to start utilising your heating equipment as soon as the weather starts to cool down, so make sure they're in good working order first. Depending on the type of heating system you have, you may want to have an expert inspect it.
Is your heater the perfect size for your room, or is it time to upgrade to a newer, more efficient heater? In either case, the size of the space to be heated and how frequently the heater will be used will determine the best heater for your needs.
- A gas heater is suitable for large areas and for people wanting to heat their homes for longer periods of time.
- A portable electric heater is a cheap option; ideal when not used for long periods of time or for heating large spaces. Perfect heating option for tenants.
- A reverse-cycle air conditioner is a costly option to begin with, but in the long run can be quite economical considering the amount of heat they generate.
If you have a fireplace, it's a good idea to get it inspected by a chimney expert to ensure it's free of blockages and other potential hazards. You should also start stocking up on firewood supplies.
Maximise the warmth within your home
If there are any gaps around windows or doors allowing cool air in, your home may struggle to stay warm. You should be able to seal any leaks or cracks with caulking or weather stripping if needed. If you have concrete, hardwood, or tiled floors, rugs are the most effective and easiest way to warm your home in the winter. Hardwood floors are not only cold underfoot in the winter, but they also do not retain heat. If you don't have underfloor heating, it might be time to invest in a cosy rug or two to help preserve heat while also making your home look warm and inviting.
Check smoke alarms
Due to individuals spending more time inside and using heating appliances more often during the colder months, there is a larger risk of home fires. To keep your home and family safe, check to see whether your smoke alarms are in working order and if the batteries need to be replaced.