C & G’s Guide to Preparing your Home for Winter

As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisp, it’s time to shift our focus from outdoor barbecues to indoor warmth. Winter is just around the corner, and ensuring your home is ready for the chilly months ahead is essential. Let’s dive into C & G's top tips for preparing your home for winter!

Check and Prepare Your Heating System

As temperatures drop, your heating system becomes crucial. Schedule a professional inspection to ensure it’s working safely and efficiently. This includes gas heaters and reverse-cycle units. Don’t forget to check filters and clean or replace them if needed.

Seal Windows and Doors

Inspect and seal gaps around windows and doors to prevent chilly drafts. Use weather stripping or caulking to keep warm air in and cold air out, improving both comfort and energy efficiency.

Clean Gutters and Downpipes

Falling leaves during autumn can quickly clog gutters and downpipes. Clear out debris to prevent water damage and ensure proper drainage. Regular maintenance helps prevent issues like roof leaks and foundation damage.

Prune Overgrown Trees and Shrubs

Overgrown vegetation can contribute to gutter debris and pose risks during storms. Prune dead or diseased branches to maintain plant health and prevent encroachment on your home.

Prepare Outdoor Spaces

As outdoor entertaining winds down, clean and store outdoor furniture, drain and store garden hoses, and consider planting autumn flowers or adding seasonal decor to keep your outdoor spaces inviting.

Check Outside Lighting

With shorter days, ensure your outdoor lighting is functional. Replace blown bulbs and address electrical issues with a licensed electrician.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

We all spend more time indoors during the colder months, so it’s timely to arrange to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed and ensure they’re functioning correctly to protect your family.

Remember, these tasks will help keep your home comfortable, safe, and efficient throughout the winter season!