Renovations, Changes And Maintenance You Need For A Winter Home

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Welcome to winter, a time where you’re going to need to wrap up warm or just stay indoors. As a matter of fact, we think many people will choose the latter option, favoring watching the snow fall from their windows rather than freezing their toes and nose. Yes, winter can be wonderful from the comfort of your home, but for that to be true, you need to make sure that your home is ready for this season of winter weather. We’ve touched on this idea before with both security options and upgrades that you can make before the winter season hits. But now that the worst of the weather is truly upon us, let’s take things into focus and explore the possibilities in a little more depth.

Sprinkled throughout this article, you’re also going to discover some festive fancies to decorate your home and make it truly magical this season, particularly for kids.

Living up to that promise let’s start by thinking about festive lighting.

Forget About Those Lights

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Have you ever watched National Lampoon’s Christmas? There’s a memorable scene where the lovable Clark tries to make his home the brightest lit one on the street for his family, putting up literally hundreds of Christmas lights. If tech hasn’t failed our little site, you’ll find the exact video we’re talking about below.

Yes, it’s funny but it wouldn’t be if it happened to you and it very well could. So, why not avoid this issue altogether and instead choose a projection system for your home to dot your exterior with beautiful festive displays. While these used to be exceedingly expensive, now they are totally affordable. So pick up one today and avoid the effort and stress of trying to put up those Christmas lights.

Of course, you might be on the roof for another reason, and that’s to make sure that the gutters aren’t clogged up. After all, you don’t want smelly gutters when you open your bedroom windows for that cool, crisp, refreshing winter air. Rather than clearing them out, how about just investing in shutter gutters found on GutterShutter.com. These fit over and will make sure that the only thing filling up your gutters is water. That way, they don’t clog up.

Prepare The Chimney For Santa

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Your gutters might not be the only thing that is clogged up for winter. Your Chimney might need a clean out too or else Santa won’t be able to get down! Although, it’s not just Santa’s entrance that you need to worry about. A blocked chimney will mean when you try to make your home feel festive with a full, lit log fire it just fills with fumes. You don’t want that so make sure you do hire a professional to clean it out for you.

Be aware that chimneys can also be the perfect place for creatures to hide and hibernate like a family of racoons. If you think you might have a problem with a couple of extra lodgers don’t mess around. Call the pros because some animals just shouldn’t be messed with.

Oh The Weather Outside Sure Is Frightful

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So, since you’ve no place to go, make sure that your home is warm and toasty. There are a few ways to do this, and you could start by getting heat pumps from your homes. According to HarsterHeating.com, you should do this because it draws heat into the home from the outside air in a way that is both efficient and effective.

Of course, you also need to look at your level of insulation. It doesn’t matter how much heat you bring into your home. If your insulation is terrible, it’s going right back out again, and that’s the last thing you want. As well as being a massive waste of money it means that your home will never be that lovely warm temperature that you want it to reach through the winter season. Or, if it does, it won’t stay that way for long.

Okay, so, how do we improve insulation in your home? Well, you can start by thinking about the windows. Feel around the air close to your windows. Is it freezing cold? If so, then you should consider getting replacements. These can cost a few thousand but it will be well worth it because they will trap warm air in the room of your home. Of course, if you can’t afford to make a change like this then you can consider instead purchasing thicker curtains.

It has the same basic effect for a fraction of the price and thus is certainly worth considering. Just make sure you do buy the curtains in store rather than online. You need to make sure that the curtains are as thick as they need to be to trap heat and that they hang correctly.

You can also get door coverings and wall coverings that also provide a better level of insulation. This will allow you to make sure that cold air isn’t creeping through the cracks in the walls or even the door frame.

You may also want to check your radiators if you are trying to keep your home warm through the winter months. Radiators can get clogged up or stop working altogether, and if they aren’t heating up fully, that means it’s going to stay cold in your home, no matter how high the thermostat is. Cleaning out a radiator is a DIY job that you can probably handle yourself. Just turn it off, unscrew it from the wall and make sure you have a bucket handy to catch the water. Once you have done this, take the radiator outside and run water through it with a hose. If there is grime in the system, this will quickly remove it. After this, you should find that your radiator heats up normally once more.

Keeping The Home Hot

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We’ve talked about insulation and a little about keeping your home hot through the winter months. Let’s continue down this train of thought by thinking about your boiler. You do need to make sure that your boiler continues to work effectively through winter. To do this, it’s best to get an inspection of your system early in December. That way, you’ll be able to check for any issues and make sure that they can be fixed before you find you desperately need your boiler and it stops working completely.

Another way to keep your warm home in the winter is to invest in a portable gas heater. There are two reasons to do this. First, it’s going to allow you to keep the heating bills down and they always balloon over winter. Second and perhaps more importantly, it will provide you with a little oomph of power if your heating isn’t getting the job done.

On the subject of heat, you might be investing in lights for your home inside and particularly on the tree. It’s recommended that you do invest in LEDs from sites like DigitalTrends.com and the reason for this is simple. They use less power, and they are safe. If you have old lights that you bring out every year and you’re wondering if they are LEDs, there’s an easy way to know for sure. LEDs don’t get hot, other bulbs definitely do. If they are hot to touch, you can bet the lights are costing you a fortune in energy bills.

Home Alone

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We’ve all watched this Christmas classic where a little kid takes down two burglars after his parents accidentally leave him home alone. While a festive favourite it is based on a worrying fact. Home break-ins tend to increase over the Christmas period. There are a number of reasons for this. People tend to go away over Christmas, there are more expensive items in the property and people become more trusting through this season of giving.

Yes, it’s not uncommon for doors to be left unlocked, particularly when you’re trying to explain how Santa gets in when you don’t have a chimney. If you are heading away for the holidays and you’re worried about break ins, then you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t have invest in a lot of advanced security systems. There are a few simple ways to make sure burglars don’t stop by your home.

First, make sure that you are investing in a few timer plugs. That way, you can plug in the lights so that they come on at the right times. As well as this, get a few motion sensor lights dotted around the home. That way, it will give the illusion that someone is in the property and keeping watch. Finally, stick a camera over your front porch. It doesn’t have to be a hi-tech, expensive camera. It can be any old piece of kit as long as it can be clearly seen from the road. It suggests that your home is properly protected and mean that criminals won’t bother to risk a break in.

We hope you find this advice helpful making changes to your home over winter and through the festive season.

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