Avid fans of fantasy drama Game of Thrones will be familiar with the House Stark motto, ‘winter is coming.’ In fact, it’s become a bit of a running joke at this point, because we’re six seasons in and it still hasn’t arrived. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of our own winter. It has a habit of creeping up on you before you’ve had a chance to prepare for it.
So this year, it’s time for a change. It’s time to be ready for anything and everything that winter brings, by getting your home in tip top condition. Even if you’re a summer person through and through, you can embrace winter without also battling the cold. Then, when the days do get colder you can start planning out your wardrobe (instead of battling with a broken heater or plugging up draughts in chilly rooms!)
We’ve put together 6 tips to preparing your home for winter that’ll help you stay warm whilst keeping those pesky white walkers at bay.
1. Have Two Sets of Sheets
There’s nothing quite as jarring as having to climb into a cold bed at the end of a long, hard day. To avoid this, invest in two types of sheets (summer and winter) so when winter arrives, you can switch out the thin summery sheets for thicker, warmer duvets.
2. Reverse Ceiling Fans
This is a really nifty little life hack of sorts. You can use your ceiling fans, as normal, throughout most of the year, but switch them into reverse when it gets cold. The fan will push warm air down into the room, instead of directing it upwards and away. This is a quick and easy way to keep the heat in your home and it won’t cost you any extra cash.
3. Invest in Space Heaters
Space heaters are a really affordable way to stay warm as the nights grow colder and longer. You’ll also save money on energy bills, because they only heat the spaces that need to be kept cosy. Unlike radiators, they don’t waste energy on unused rooms, so investing in energy efficient electric heaters is practical and economical.
4. Install Outdoor Heating
It’s not just indoors spaces that should get a little love and care before winter arrives. If you’re fond of spending time in the yard, energy efficient outdoor heaters are a good way to keep the environment comfortable. And, high quality outdoor heating systems are very desirable, so they often add resale value to a property.
5. Empty the Swimming Pool
If you’re fortunate enough to have your own pool, you’ll need to prepare it for winter as you would the rest of your home. This means emptying it of water before the temperature drops and making sure that it’s cleared of leaves and debris. You’ll regret leaving it until the last minute when it’s cold outside and the pool is filled with all manner of unsightly things.
6. Enjoy Yourself
There’s so much to love about winter. If you hide from the season and count the days until spring, you’ll be letting the cold snap hold you back! So get outside for walks and brunches with friends, explore your local boutiques, snuggle up at a picnic, and make the most of the winter wardrobe you just bought!