We all know the story of the ant and the grasshopper right? You know the one! The ant spends the summer preparing food for the winter while the grasshopper relaxes in the sun. Then when winter rolls around the ant has plenty of food to eat while the grasshopper goes hungry. Thankfully, very few of us are in a position where we have to spend the summer foraging for food in order to avoid going hungry in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean that the story doesn’t still have something useful to teach us. After all, during the summer, it’s often so nice that it’s very easy to forget that the weather is ever any different. Why would you want to think about anything other than lounging in the sunshine? Well, that’s all pretty easy to say right up until the moment where you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard. As wonderful as summer is, it always has to end and the winter period is hot on its heels. And, just like the grasshopper, if you fail to get yourself ready for those winter months then you’re in danger of getting yourself into some pretty serious trouble. Only this time, instead of gather food, you need to be getting your home ready. Here are just a few things that you need to do in order to get your home ready for winter so that you’re not left out in the cold when the temperature drops.
Make sure that your appliances work
There really is nothing worse than feeling a drop in the temperature, deciding to turn on your heating for the first time in months and… nothing. Depending on the age of your home, there are always things that can go wrong with your heating, radiators, or appliances. The last thing you want is to discover that right when you need your heating the most. Before the summer is over, make sure that you get your boiler and other appliances tested, as well as replacing anything that’s broken. Sites like Only Radiators are a great place not only to find radiators but also things like underfloor heating which can make a huge amount of difference during a really biting winter. Not only that but you should have your pipes checked as well. Cold weather can wreak havoc on metal pipes over time, so the summer is the ideal time to get them checked over so that they don’t end up bursting and causing a flood at the worst possible moment.
Double glazing is one of those things that a lot of people worry about in terms of cost, but it really is an investment that pays for itself. Sure, double glazed windows can be a little more expensive, but the reality is that the amount of money that they can help you save in the long run vastly outweighs whatever you pay at the start. Not only that but your home is going to be far more comfortable as the windows keep vastly more heat in than their single glazed counterparts. And don’t worry about getting them changed during the summer, they help to keep heat out just as well as they keep it in, meaning that they can even help you stay cool in the summer as well.
Stock up on blankets
One issue that a lot of people have when the winter rolls around is that suddenly their energy bills go through the roof. This is because you’re suddenly spending more time with the heating on, as well as using more lights because the days are getting shorter, not to mention the extra time people spend taking extra hot showers during the winter. However, there are ways to avoid racking up a ridiculous heating bill and they just happen to be the most DIY solutions possible. All you need to do is to wrap up warm. Stock up on blankets, thick socks, and sweaters if you want to beat the cold without paying through the nose for it. And the best thing about getting these things during the summer months is that you’ll often be able to find bits of last winter’s stock at a massively discounted price.
Clear out your drains and check for leaks
Of course, if there’s one thing that you can rely on as a true signal that summer is over, it’s the rain. Once autumn and winter arrive, you can expect a much wetter experience than you’ve been used to for the last few months. Of course, there are few things nicer than being cozy and warm inside when it’s pouring with rain. Unless some of that rain should happen to end up inside with you. The sudden presence of a leak in the roof can be a major inconvenience, leading to damp, mould, and even structural damage. However, if you check for leaks during the summer, before the rain starts, then you’re going to be able to solve that problem before it even arrives. The same goes for your drains. Drains often get bunged up with leaves and mud, but during the summer this stuff often dries and solidifies, making them far more likely leak. It’s far from anyone’s favourite job, but it’s time to get a ladder and start clearing out your drain pipes before they have the chance even to get a little bit damp.
Now, you might find yourself thinking “I don’t need to worry about any of that, we’ve still got ages of summer left!” And sure, that is technically true. But it’s important to remember that time flies when you’re having fun and the winter months can sneak up on you much faster than you might expect. If you spend all of your time ignoring it, thinking that you’ll deal with it when the weather starts to turn cold, then you run the risk of leaving it too late. By that point, the potential damage that the colder, wetter months can do to your home may already have been done. Even if you’d rather spend your time lounging in the back yard, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your home is ready for the arrival of winter. Remember, the ant might work harder than the grasshopper, but he’s definitely more comfortable in the end.