Winter home maintenance tips

25th May, 2020

By Vaughan Brideson

 

With winter well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to prepare your home for the cooler weather. Below are five easy home maintenance projects that you can accomplish.

Test and clean your heating systems

On average, heating units should have their filters cleaned twice a year. The great news is, cleaning the filters is super easy to do.

If you have a split system heater, you’ll find the filter directly underneath the cover of the unit. Simply take this out and rinse any dust/debris away. Let the vent air dry completely before reinstalling.

If you have a built in ducted unit, there will be an air grille located on a wall or ceiling in your house. Remove this grille and clean and dry it as you would with a split system heater.

Oil your deck

Natural materials, such as timber, are affected when exposed to the elements and should be oiled at least twice a year, especially if they have no roof to shelter them. Not only does this help to protect them from rain, but it also ensures that they look great too!

Luckily, if the timber has been stained before and has faded, you can generally get away without sanding the timber back. Instead, you can buy a stain remover from your local hardware store which you paint on with a broom and hose off. Otherwise, you can use a sander to sand back the timber before applying the oil. Remember to ensure your timber is clean and dry before applying any oil. Follow the instructions of the tin to receive best results.

Seal cracks and gaps

As the weather gets colder, it is a great idea to perform a thorough exploration of your home to assess if there are any gaps, mould or rot. If you notice some damage and are concerned, it is always a good idea to contact a qualified professional to inspect the area and provide remediation.

Test your smoke alarm

Did you know that a properly functioning smoke detector doubles your chance of surviving a fire? Because of this, it is crucial to test your smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly, particularly as we head into the colder months as we use our heaters and fireplaces fore frequently. Testing your fire alarm is simple enough as you can use the end of a broom to hit the test button. Even if the alarm goes off, it might be worthwhile changing the batteries over anyway if you cannot remember the last time they were swapped over.

Clear your gutters 

Cleaning gutters is never a fun task but it is important to keep them clear as a clogged gutter can have the potential to cause water damage to your home.

To clean your gutters you will need a ladder, hose and a trowel/scoop. Simply ensure your ladder is set up securely on level ground and use your trowel/scoop to remove any debris that has settled in your gutters. You can then use a hose to wash away any dirt. To make the job easier, you might want to consider installing gutter guards.