Winter in Melbourne often means sudden storms, heavy rain, wind and it feeling cold and damp even when you are inside. It also means the home is used more for indoor activities due to fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures.

As the temperature outside begins to fall homes can benefit from a good home carpet cleaner service from Houseproud, along with some other preparations you’ll be able to stay warm and cosy throughout winter.

Here are some tips on preparing your home for winters in Melbourne.

  • Fire safety – fireplaces, electric blankets, water bottle and heaters can cause burn injuries – or a fire, so always use these items carefully and follow all instructions. Never leave burning candles or any open flame unattended, have a written fire escape plan and practice it regularly. Keep curtains, bedding and tablecloths away from portable heaters, never use your gas stove or oven as a room heater. Use one appliance per power point and switch them off when you are not using them and install smoke alarms throughout your home and test them regularly.
  • Dampness – In older homes especially dampness can be a problem in the cooler months, this can result in paint discolouration and mould and mildew – and – it can affect your health. Three things will help you fight this issue – heating, ventilation and insulation.
  • Ventilation – dry clothes outside wherever possible or use a well-ventilated room. If you are using a clothes dryer, make sure the air is being vented outside using a pipe or exhaust fan. Improve airflow in your home by keeping furniture away from walls and make sure your air vents aren’t blocked. In bathrooms and kitchens keep doors closed to prevent steam travelling to colder rooms and causing condensation. If you have an exhaust fan use it to let the steam out. For homes with a bad dampness or ventilation issue a dehumidifier works well at removing moisture from the air.
  • Heating a whole house is more expensive than just heating the room you want. So, close all doors to unused rooms. You can warm yourself with extra clothing or blankets rather than using a heater or do some more baking and cooking to help heat the house up. Heaters can dry your skin quickly, so, keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home and stay hydrated so your skin and throat doesn’t get too dry.
  • Insulating your home can help reduce heating costs and keep you warm. You can use a door snake or roll up some towels if you have gaps under doors to stop cold air entering and warm air escaping. Windows can also let hot air out and cold air in, so make sure they are closed properly.
  • Use heavy curtains to stop heat escaping through your windows.
  • Let sunshine into the house during the day.

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