Winter means a time where we spend more time indoors, so we need to make sure our homes are warm, dry and healthy. As temperatures drop, people can be in a rush to close the windows and blast the heaters, but this isn't always a good thing.
We've done a blog on Healthy Homes so you have an idea of just how healthy your home is, but we also thought it would be useful to do a blog on how to maintain and keep your home healthy and safe during the colder months.
During winter months, dust mites, pet fur and mould can flare up in your home during the colder winter months, which increases the risk of allergies and sickness. And while these things are present all the time, winter magnifies everything.
Before the worst of the weather arrives, go through the basic checklist to make sure that you are protecting your home and your family, as well as heating your home efficiently. Many of these things you can do yourself to keep maintenance and power bills down.
Your winter checklist:
Clean out drainage channels and ensure storm drains are clear.
Clear your spouting of leaves, debris and plant material. Check your ladder is secure before attempting this and make sure you hold on to a secure surface with one hand at all times to prevent falling.
Weather-strip any windows or doors that are draughty.
Check that ceiling insulation is in place, is in good sound condition. Insulation should be a minimum of 90mm thick for adequate insulation properties.
Trim trees with overhanging branches near windows and spouting. Remove any foliage that is preventing adequate sunlight entering the dwelling.
Cover outdoor furniture that’s not in regular use.
Secure outdoor furniture and the trampoline in case of high winds.
Check your emergency supplies including replacing any out of date food items, refreshing water supplies and ensuring torches are working.
Have your heat pump’s filters cleaned and the units serviced regularly. Wood burners require the chimney to be cleaned and seals around the glass window maintained. Broken fire bricks in the wood burner also prevent adequate efficiency from the burner.
Smoke alarms should be functioning in each bedroom or within a couple of meters from each bedroom and in all living areas.
During the day windows should be left slightly open approx. 30mm to allow for good air circulation. A small air gap won’t affect the heating of the house and will ensure that fresh air is circulated throughout. Fresh air maintains a healthy living environment and can (if all other factors are adhered to) reduce dampness and mould inside a house.
Open all curtains to allow for max UV (sun) penetration into the dwelling during the day.
If you want more information, or would like a healthy home check, get in touch with us.