Now September has hit and the kids are back at school, it’s time for all parents out there to start thinking of the gruelling Christmas preparation for the coming months. But don’t revolve it all around presents and turkey, it’s time to start thinking about maintaining your home too.
Cold weather means you need to effectively prepare your home for all weather conditions, not just chilly mornings. Christmas time is for food, family and having fun- not worrying about the little things. That’s why making sure your home is in great shape before the festive season starts is essential to a comfortable, stress-free day. But we know it can be hard to prioritise and get started, so here are our best tips for maintaining your home for the winter season.
Something that will take you by surprise is that you should be regulating your heating routine. Using your heating system in summer is almost unheard of, so when the weather significantly drops, your boiler has a higher chance of breaking (and costing you £££). Checking it now will make sure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible and if there is an issue, you can get it fixed in plenty of time. Boilers usually have a 5-10 year guarantee, so getting it fixed shouldn’t be an issue depending on how long you’ve lived in your home for. However, boilers tend to reach the end of their life around the 10-15 year mark, so that could mean it’s time for a boiler replacement. No matter the age or make of your boiler, they can still lack efficiency, especially after not being used for a large proportion of the year, so always have your annual service in the later months of the year. To speed of your Christmas preparation, invest in an early present and get a smart home tool to help you regulate and save money on your heating system. Nest, a smart home thermostat, learns your living routine and programmes itself accordingly, so you can worry about the baubles instead of your boiler.
Safety should always be paramount at any time of the year, not just the season of fairy lights, burning food and new electricals. First of all, make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your home. Carbon monoxide is deadly and can be emitted from your boiler, gas fire, water heater, cooker or open fire- and can be extremely hard to detect without this little piece of kit. This gas is odourless and tasteless, so if it is being released into your home it can be impossible to tell. During your Christmas preparation, invest in this small item that could potentially save lives.
Another safety tip is to always check your fireplaces before setting alight. This isn’t necessarily just for the safety of yourself, but also your pets. Because your furnace hasn’t been used over the summer months, a build-up of dust and grime will have inhabited all sorts of critters and possibly pets if unsupervised. Cleaning out your fireplace before usage on Christmas Day will ensure you know exactly what you’re setting on fire- and prevent any nasty surprises.
Staying on top of the housework over the Christmas season can be a whole task in itself, and take up much more time than you’d expect (especially if you have younger children, we know the excitement can sometimes be too much!) so you may need to invest in some help to keep your home in tip-top shape. Cleaners are available for your home at cheap prices, and having someone to help with a deep cleanse as part of your Christmas preparation could really leave you feeling clean as well as your home. If you have guests over for the festivities, it will help put your mind at rest that you have a clean home- and don’t feel ashamed that you’ve had help either.
Put your mind at rest this winter season, and start your Christmas preparation now to avoid a last-minute rush to get your home in perfect condition.
*This is a collaborative post*