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As the weather starts to cool down, it's a good time to check that you're prepared for winter

Daylight savings is over, the sun is setting earlier, and getting out of your warm bed is becoming harder and harder. As winter approaches it is a good time to assess the warmth of your house and if there is anything extra you can do to keep your home energy and heat efficient.

Cover up hard floors

Not only are they cold to walk on, but hard flooring like floorboards and tiles also don’t hold in very much heat. Adding a rug can help trap the heat inside and is also nicer on your feet.

A good quality wool rug is great for high traffic areas of the house, as they are resistant to dirt and dust. They are long lasting and low maintenance.   

Check your heater

Give your heater a blast before the middle of winter sets in to check that it is working properly. As you may not have used it for a while over the warmer months, it’s a good idea to make sure that everything is in order, so that you don’t get caught out in the coldest days.

If you notice that your heating needs a service or a clean it is best to contact your property manager so that they can arrange maintenance to attend your property.

It’s time for warmer sheets

There is no better feeling than snuggling up to your warm bed in winter. In the colder months, you could replace your regular bedding with fleece or flannelette quilt covers and sheets. Although they are much warmer than normal sheets, they are also light enough so that you don’t sweat through.   

Utilize your curtains

When the sun comes out, keep your blinds open to let some natural warmth into the house. Once the sun disappears close all the curtains to keep the warmth inside and keep the cold out.

Layer up

Add some extra layers to your outfit, wear your warmest socks, or add a beanie or scarf to keep yourself warm.

Draft stoppers on your doors

Don’t let the cold air creep through the cracks in your doors. Seal off any possible incoming breeze with draft stoppers at the bottom of your door.

Close off rooms you don’t use often

If you have rooms that aren’t always in use, close the doors and air vents to save energy and save heat from escaping the rooms that you need it in more.

As a tenant, sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got when it comes to keeping warm. Keeping on top of the little things you can do around the house to stay warm is essential.  

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