The winter is fast approaching and we are already feeling the cold. Here are some reminders of things you can do to keep yourself warm and your home in good condition during the winter months.
1. Check heating
There are many heating options available, based on your preference and budget. If you’re using a gas heater or gas fireplace, check your gas bottle and order a spare. For those using the heating setting on their aircons, have it serviced to ensure it won’t let you down. Check that your electric heaters are working properly and that their cables are well insulated. It is very important to ensure your safety, so if you haven’t yet gotten a smoke detector, consider installing one and have a fire extinguisher on hand.
It is also a good idea to check that your geyser is working properly, to avoid any excessive energy use. To avoid any drafts, make sure that all windows and doors are properly sealed.
2. Clean gutters & check drainage
The Cape of Storms can quickly clog up gutters and pipes, so be sure to clean your gutters from any blockages and check that your drainage system works well.
3. Clean chimney
There’s nothing better than a fireplace blazing on cold winter days. Ensure that your chimney is clean, free from any build-up and that nothing is blocking air flow. Remember to stock up on enough firewood to last you through the winter.
4. Outside the house
To avoid damage, cover your patio furniture, or store the furniture in your garage. If you have a garden, consider turning off the sprinkler system, or adjusting it to incorporate the rainfall into the equation. Now is also the time to prune any plants and also a great time to plant winter annuals, that will add some colour to your garden. For some great winter garden tips, consult this guide here.
5. Don’t forget your car
If you are spending time in your car, check that your heating works. Also ensure that your windshield wipers, lights and tires are in a good working condition.
6. Take care of yourself and family
Take care of your immune system with the necessary vitamins, immune boosters, flu shots and a healthy lifestyle. Also, take care of your mental health – be aware of the signs of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and get help if you need it.
7. Help the less fortunate
There’s a lot of need at the moment, and even more so with the winter approaching. Gather up warm clothes, non-perishable food, and blankets and donate them to local organisations such as Feeding in Action, the Hospice, or Stellenbosch Unite.
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