Winter in Australia is hardly known for its harrowing cold fronts and frosty mornings. Perhaps unsurprisingly, us Aussies are still not equipped to the cold weather that follows after having an amazing summer at the beach. Winter in Australia often consists of heavy rainfall and storms, making us want to stay indoors for as long as possible.
We’re accustomed to hot weather. Our homes are more equipped to deal with harsh heat waves, which is why we struggle so much with the cold. As Autumn looms upon us and with the cold slowly approaching, it’s time to bring out the blankets and enjoy staying indoors with a hot chocolate.
By taking care of things in and out of the house, you can make a huge difference and prepare for the new season. Here are some tips for an easier transition into the cold!
TURN YOUR ATTENTION OUTDOORS
One part of the house that we often forget to pay attention to, especially when it’s cold, is the outdoors. As daunting as it sounds, making sure your gutters are clean before winter starts is very important. Leaves can clog up your drains, pipes and gutters, preventing rainwater from flowing out. Taking this step can protect the foundations of your home.
HAVE THE CORRECT INSULATION
Prepare for the cold winds by making sure you have the correct insulation around your house. This can reduce heating costs and keep your house warm during the cold days. Covering your windows is super important and it can help you save costs too as heat tends to escape through uncovered windows. Although sheer curtains are beautiful and perfect during summer, they are not so good during winter and keeping the heat inside. For winter, go for layered or insulated curtains and even roller blinds.
DO YOU REALLY NEED THE HEATER?
Although you may be tempted to crank up the heat on wintery days, it is one of the biggest amenities responsible for energy consumption and bills. It is important to know that if you are using the heat, close off all the rooms that are not being used. Before starting to use the heating system, clean the air vents and filters. An eco-friendly option is a space heater – they are safe and energy efficient. Put it close to where you’re sitting and enjoy the warmth.
There’s something different about the winter sun, so why not take advantage of it? Leave the curtains open during the day for the sunshine to come in. Just don’t forget to close them as the sun starts to set!
One of the things I love about winter is the clothing. If you’re feeling extra chilly, bundle up in a beanie, oversized sweaters, warm, fuzzy socks and wrap yourself in a thick blanket.
ACCESSORIZE TO MAKE IT FEEL WARM
Walking on a cold floor during winter is not a great feeling! If you have tiles or hardwood floors, cover them with rugs to add extra warmth. Just a simple accessory can make the room feel more cozy. Put knitted throws on your sofa’s and/ or bed. Using fluffy towels and linen sheets can also make a big difference.
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