Winter is just around the corner but we’re often unprepared when the first real cold-snap hits so here’s a checklist for your winter readiness.
Service your heat pump
The filters on your heat pump can fill with dust. You can vacuum or wash them so it can blow air across the room, but manufacturers recommend yearly service by a qualified technician for a long life of maximum efficiency.
Dust off heaters that haven’t been used since last winter and give them a quick check to make sure they are working. If they are making a funny noise get them checked by a professional or get a new one — it is not worth a fire risk.
Electric heaters are expensive to run. If your lounge does not have a fixed heating option, now is the time to think about installing a heat pump.
Look into the roof space and under the floors to check the state of your insulation. Over time, it compresses and starts to loses loft. If yours is old, thin and tatty, it is time to replace it.
Take a look at your curtains to check for mould on the back and any visible damage. The fit is important when it comes to keeping your place warm so any replacements should sit as close to the wall as possible and ideally, puddle on the floor. Clean off any small areas of mould, but if they’re beyond repair, it’s time to think about replacing them.
Good ventilation in winter is key to keeping your home healthy. If you have a ventilation system in your home it may be time to switch filters so the system works efficiently. The team at Laser Electrical highly recommends installing air filtration in your home. It removes dust, pollen, and other internal and external allergens, and your long evenings indoors will be enhanced with air that is clean as well as warm. Getting your heat pump serviced is another aspect Laser Electrical specialise in.
Also take the time to make sure your window stays are effective. If they’re loose or missing, fix them so you have the option of leaving your windows slightly open to aid ventilation and reduce damp.
While ventilation is good, cold draughts are a thief of comfort. If you live in an older home, a good way to detect draughts is with a lit candle. Hold the candle near windows and doors and if you see the flame flicker and move, you’ve found a draught.
Switch it up
If you have not checked up on your power retailer before the big bills hit, enter your details at powerswitch.org.nz (you’ll need to have you latest bill at hand) and see if you could be saving money by switching retailers.
‘Good ventilation in winter is key to keeping your home healthy. If you have a ventilation system in your home it may be time to switch filters so the system works efficiently.