Let it snow

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…

While the days are still warm, but the nights are cooling down, it is an ideal time to “winter-proof” your home. In the country that usually means a full stack of firewood, lots of kindling and maybe a few fire starters. In the city it’s more of a bring out the soft throws, hang the heavier drapes, and make sure the heat pump is clean and ready to go; an autumn clean of sorts. Don’t forget outdoors either. You don’t want to have to rush outside in the pouring rain to fix and clean gutters and the like.

Here are some suggestions from Metropol:

  • Check that ceiling insulation is in place and close access holes.
  • Weather-strip any windows or doors that are draughty.
  • Clean your chimney and check the fireplace flue.
  • Test run the heat pump and clean filters.
  • Cover your hot water cylinder.
  • Clear your spouting of leaves, debris and plant material.
  • Clean out drainage channels and ensure storm drains are clear.

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