The early signs of autumn are here. After a hot dry summer there are now signs of a chill in the air and occasional rain, so this would be a good time to do a thorough check to make sure your house is ready for winter (particularly in the Western Cape, where it rains heavily in winter and the north wind storms can do great damage), says Lanice Steward, managing director of Anne Porter Properties.
Now is the time, while it’s still fairly warm and dry to check the insulation on your windows and conservatories. Make sure the gutters are clean so that you don’t end up with a nasty surprise of water streaming into the house because it has nowhere else to go, she said.
Check the paintwork or sealant on the woodwork is still fine, and if there is a chance that the flue needs a clean, call someone in to do it before you start using the fireplace again.
With the constant need to conserve energy and the rising costs of fuel to heat a home, it is important to check the insulation on the doors and windows to be sure there isn’t unnecessary heat loss here.