Gauteng can get very cold in the winter months, but you need to do more than simply stock up on scarves, jerseys and boots. Showroom Condition, a leading home maintenance company in Johannesburg, gives the following tips to make sure your home is ready for winter:
- Unclog your gutters. Check the gutters in and around your home to make sure they’re free of leaves and twigs. Not only will leaves clog the gutters, but any moisture or rain might freeze if it’s not able to drain through the gutters.
- Check your heating system. Some people have heaters and others have an entire heating system that consists of swimming pool heaters, under floor heating and built-in heaters in the bathroom. Part of your winter home maintenance routine should be to check each part of your heating system. Remember that inefficient heating systems will use more electricity, so it’s worth your while to have them checked out by a professional.
- Protect garden tools and hose valves. During the summer months, your garden tools and water valves probably won’t require any protection (except from the sun), but water valves, for example, can freeze and become damaged during the winter months. Your best bet is to disconnect your hoses and store them in your garage during the winter.
- Invest in insulation. New building regulations in South Africa will force builders to install proper insulation in new homes and buildings. This is actually a very good thing, because it regulates the temperature in your home all year round and you will spend less on artificial heating and cooling. Ask a home maintenance professional to inspect your home and give you an insulation quote. You might be surprised about how much cool air can seep in from underneath your doors, through windows and through cavities in the wall.
Preparing your home for winter will ensure that you and your family are comfortable (and that you avoid any unnecessary expenses). Contact Showroom Condition for home maintenance experts in Johannesburg today!
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