How to Prepare Your House for Winter

Winter is undoubtedly one of the best seasons of the year. During wintertime, we get to enjoy the wonders of snow, the never-ending festivities of Christmas and the New Year and the joyful reunion with family and friends. We change our wardrobe, we light up strangely-flavoured and scented candles, we slave away in the kitchen and we decorate our houses with Christmas tree, lights, ornaments and nativity scenes. The list can go on and it is easy to get carried away by all the excitement. But before any of these could happen, it is very important that you have completed all the preparation that you need for your house.

Here are five things that you must do to prepare your house for winter.

  1. Test your Heating System

Your heating system should be the first thing that you check towards the end of fall. You don’t want to freeze in the middle of the winter waiting for your heating system to work. It is highly recommended that you conduct a test run by turning on the thermostat to heat mode and setting it to the desired temperature. If it’s working, you should be able to hear the furnace turn on immediately as the warm air begins to flow. Turn the thermostat back to its original setting do this exercise at least three times in the morning, afternoon and especially at night.

A great addition to your heating system is a solid humidifier for your home. Not only does it help provide warmth, but it also generates much-needed moisture that is necessary to prevent dryness, itchiness and skin irritation.

  1. Inspect the Air Conditioning

Just because you won’t be needing air condition doesn’t mean that you have to ignore it. Before completely turning off and unplugging the air condition, clean the condensing unit of debris and dust first and then make sure that it is well-covered. The air condition can develop rust and collect dirt over the winter time and so it might not be functional come spring.

  1. Prepare the Wood-Burning Fireplace and Chimney

The fireplace is a great source of warm air in the middle of the winter season. Before winter, prepare the fireplace and inspect the chimney if they are clear of any leaves, bird nests, dust and other debris that might have collected over time. Test how the fire burns using a few logs so you can diagnose any problems that might arise.

  1. Check the Insulation of your House

Every corner of your house should be properly insulated. Cold and warm air should be able to come in and out of your house evenly without leaving any leaks. You can insulate your house by applying an insulating blanket to your hot water tank, sealing exterior outlets with a foam gasket and installing a removable cover for your fireplace and chimney.

  1. Examine the Roof, Doors, and Windows

Do not forget about the parts of your house that are exposed to external elements. Examine the roof and its shingles to make sure that ice dams will not ensue and the melted ice will not leak into the interior of the house. Make sure the doors and windows can be opened and closed properly and will not accumulate ice or water.

 

At this moment, we still have rather lovely weather here with temperatures in the low 20s and days full of sun but only a few weeks back a cold snap brought the first snow of the season to the mountains just down the road… so get ready and stay warm as the saying goes, winter is coming!

Toddler Life – How to get a good night’s sleep in winter

Winter, at least on this part of the globe, means low temperatures, which leads to the heating blasting most of the time in our houses, which invariably dries out the air in the room. Dry, stuffy rooms aren’t sleep friendly, especially for fussy kids, who struggle with bed time anyways. But, there is a solution – a humidifier, a device which will keep the atmosphere in a room moist and thus in turn sleep friendly.

Toddler Life – How to get a good night’s sleep in winterWe were sent a SweetDreams cool mist humidifier with projector by Vicks so we can test and see if it will makes a difference.

Well, it did!

Leo’s room isn’t the biggest in the world and there is a radiator close to his cot. Despite turning the heating down during the evenings and night hours, the room still gets hot and stuffy. A humidifier really helps to clear the air and make it breathable again, providing a much better sleeping environment.

But this isn’t all.

The humidifier comes with a projector, which projects 3 different themes of three slides each. It might not sounds like a lot but trust me for a toddler this is plenty… he simply gets fixated on the pictures and just dozes off to sleep. And to make things even better each theme has its own bedtime story 🙂

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So, how to get a good night’s sleep in winter?

  1. Stick to a bedtime routine.
  2. Air the room well before bedtime but do not make it too cold.
  3. Turn the heating down or at least turn the radiator in the room down a bit.
  4. Turn on the humidifier and let it work its magic.
  5. If you have a wonderful projector like us, turn it on.
  6. Read a bedtime story and watch your toddler falling to sleep blissfully.
  7. Enjoy your evening 😉

Any tips to add?

Do you find that winter times are harder when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep?

Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion Essentials

Winter in the country is not the same as a winter in the city, despite the air having the same temperatures, city walls, tall busy buildings and 100s of hot cars in traffic jams make every city feel warmer and cosy, when in the open countryside it’s just you and the elements.

I know that when it comes to fashion we all have our likes, dislikes and often different tastes but if you are living in the countryside I believe you will have the same basic needs as me… one being to wrap up warm so you are ready to face the forces of nature outside.

So today I would like to share with you my top 5 fashion essentials for surviving winter in the countryside.

Winter in the country – Top 5 Winter Fashion EssentialsHat
I might be biased here because I love hats in general, not only in winter, so for me a good hat is a must. I hardly ever leave my house without a hat and if I do this is only because I am wearing a hoodie 🙂 I remember both as a child and a teenager I hated hats! I always thought they were uncool and made me look like a dork. It was only during my uni years that I actually started to develop my love for head wear and since that time my hat collection has ever so slowly kept growing.

Scarf
This is yet another essential which is a must have for any outdoor activity during winter time. Not only will it will keep you warm but a nice scarf can add so much to your entire outfit. Remember accessorising can be very useful as well as fun.

Gloves
Mark says that I am cold blooded as my hands and feet are always freezing (well, I say that my blood pressure is low, but hey ho what does he know) so for that reason alone I always, always have a pair of gloves in my jacket pocket.

Socks
Again this has something to do with me being cold blooded but I hate having cold feet, especially during winter time. Good quality, thick, warm, preferably wool socks can make such a difference to achieving toasty feet.

Snow boots
Well, we might not have the snow very often but despite the name snow boots can be used when no snow has fallen as well 😉 Super warm, waterproof and breathable they offer all I am looking for in my winter footwear.

This is my list of basic essentials for winter in the countryside.

Did I miss something?

Would you replace one of my picks with something else?