Movin' On In: Settling into a New Home in Winter
Moving into a new home
Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Moving into a new home sure is an exciting prospect. Unless, of course,you're moving into a freezer.
We don't mean in a literal sense, but if you're buying a property in winter, it's essential that you make sure everything is warm as can be from the get go.
Some residential properties will require a little more love and care than others in order to get ready for winter. That's not necessarily a bad thing - there can be plenty of potential in buying a property that needs a bit of doing up if it's in the perfect location.
So - once you've settled a property and are moving in, what steps do you need to take to settle in during the chillier months?
In Hot Water
Hot water heating makes up almost one-third of every household's power bill, according to Energywise.
It's a good idea to check your tap and shower flows, to ensure you aren't letting money flow down the drain.
One key task to do when moving into a new home is to ensure your hot water temperature is set at the appropriate level. It should be hot enough to prevent Legionella bacteria growing, but not so hot that it scalds you when you simply want to freshen up with a shower.
Ideally, you should set the cylinder itself at 60 degrees celsius and the tap at no hotter than 55 degrees celsius. If you're unsure about the temperature, get in touch with a local plumber or electrician, who can help you out. Families with young children may set their tap temperature five to 10 degrees lower than the recommended 55 degrees celsius.
It's Getting Hot in Here
Once you've sorted out the hot water cylinder, it's time to move onto the curtains.
Whether or not the property will come with curtains will depend on the terms of the contract of sale, so have a look over this first.
Ideally, you should have thermal-backed curtains in your property in order to retain the heat during winter. Otherwise, all that precious warmth is just going to go to waste.
Thermal curtains have an acrylic coating that ensures your home says toasty during winter. However, they are also great to have during summer, as they help keep the home cool.
Some types of thermal-backed curtains have multiple layers of this coating to bump up the insulation factor.
Make sure that these curtains are appropriately fitted to the window frame, too.