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Is Your Home Winter Ready?

With the weather unseasonably mild in Wexford and across the country; and rainfall at exceptionally high levels for the month of December, we may have neglected doing those jobs we usually do in autumn to keep our homes in tip-top shape!  Here’s a quick reminder. . .

  1. Prepare for Winter Storms
    Don’t let our winter winds take you by surprise―always be prepared for power failures.  Have batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches and a lighter to hand.
  1. Get your heating system serviced
    Have a professional check your boiler and ensure it’s in good working order before you turn it on. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, in case your heating systems are overworking.
  1. Get your chimney cleaned
    Grab a flashlight and look inside for build-up, bird’s nests or obvious cracks. From the outside, check for broken bricks and crumbling mortar. Ensure that your damper opens and closes and seals tightly. You should have your chimney professionally cleaned every year.  Stock up on fuel and you’re ready for a comfy, cosy winter by the fire!
  1. Make sure your windows are properly sealed
    Seal drafty windows to keep heat in and energy bills low.
  1. Clear out the gutters
    Clogged gutters block the drainage of rain, resulting in household leaks and damage to landscape and foundation.  After all the autumn leaves have fallen, ensure all gutters are clear.
  1. Clean out your garage
    Like you ‘spring clean’ your house, you should also ‘autumn clean’ your garage!  Clean and store gardening tools.  Put away you won’t need―the lawn-mower, hedge trimmer, rakes and summer toys, garden furniture.  Bring any winter necessities―shovels, leaf blowers etc. to the front.
  1. Make sure you have energy saving light bulbs
    With less daylight hours, lights in our homes are turned on for longer periods of time.  Save money and save the planet by using energy saving light bulbs.