Last updated: November 14, 2023
As it begins to get colder, it helps to begin to prepare for winter. Winter makes even simple tasks more difficult as you battle the weather, stay indoors to avoid the low temperature and fight off cold and flu. Keeping your home warm and changing shopping habits will help you get through.
Get Creative with Heating
One of the biggest challenges of winter is heating. This has always been a major issue, and it has only gotten worse in the past few years because of the massive price increases for energy. However, you don’t always have to use your central heating, and it helps to heat only your main room.
Maybe a visit to a fireplace store will help find a great replacement that uses less energy. However, you can also use electric blankets, quick heat space heaters and thermal clothing.
Fill In Any Gaps and Insulate
Up to 20% of your home’s heat can be lost because of poor insulation and other contributing factors. These include older windows, gaps under doors and cracks in the walls and ceilings. It can be an initial cost to fix all of these, but the difference any preparation and remedies can make to your home infrastructure is enormous.
Just using door sweepers to stop draughts vastly improves the heat in a room. You can also replace old loft insulation with newer materials.
Prepare for Winter with Outdoor Clothing
Citizens of colder countries embrace the weather, and some even have a saying. Some say there is no bad weather, just bad clothing. And there is some wisdom in this statement. Unless there is a high risk of injury, there is no reason to stay cooped up inside. Keeping the kids warm and safe as well as yourself is vital during the winter.
Thermal undergarments and layered clothing are a great start. And ensure you have warm coats, jackets and suitable footwear.
Reassess Grocery Shopping
Most people, especially parents with children, shop for groceries weekly. But the bad winter weather, dark nights, and even work life can get in the way. We often don’t want to go outside as much when the weather isn’t favourable, and it can also be dangerous.
It can help to make better use of a shopping trip by buying more than usual, such as two weeks worth of supplies or even a month if you are single or a couple. And don’t forget to stock up on cold and flu remedies.
Prepare for Winter with Your Car
Your car can be an extension of your home, and you may rely on it more than most if you live in a suburban or rural location. Therefore, it helps to make sure your car is also equipped to deal with winter, if for safety alone. During winter, the chances of a severe accident increase four-fold.
Installing winter tyres can help when there is excess ice and snow on the roads. And do a FLOWER check every day. Further, ensure you have emergency supplies stored in your car.
Using various heating methods can help you prepare for winter and the cold. It also helps to ensure your car can handle it and is up to standard. And buy suitable outdoor clothing as well.