PROPERTY NEWS - As the Starks of Winterfell love to say, "Winter is coming". This means that we are counting down the days of autumn until it slowly fades into the cooler months that eventually encourage us to cosy up within our homes.
There is a lot to love about winter - more excuses to cuddle up in front of the TV, and the perfect opportunity to eat delicious cold-weather food - but being cold is not one of them.
To make sure that your home will be a warm, safe space during this time, we have a few tips to help you winterproof and prepare for the chilly season.
We know, we know, eating a wide variety of fruits and veggies is one of the best ways to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy, giving it a good chance of fighting off infections. But meeting those goals can be tough, especially in winter.
If you're worried that you're not getting enough vitamin C or zinc, why not try a multivitamin to support your immune system and help fight off colds and flu?
Let's face it, soup and winter go together like summertime and ice-cream. So, when the winter chill creeps in, it's time to take out the classic minestrone recipe that's been passed down for generations. It's an opportunity to pack all your favourite, nutritious veggies into one easy-to-consume meal. If you don't have a favourite recipe, now's your chance to experiment and find one.
The first thing we tend to do when the world starts to cool down is switch on the heater. Unfortunately, this can result in increased energy costs as well as stuffy, germ-filled air as a result of poor airflow.
To help your family stay warm and healthy, shop for air conditioners that offer up to 70% energy savings and use ioniser technology to sterilise the air and kill 99% of adhering bacteria within 60 minutes.
Before winter creeps in, give your home a quick inspection to identify any cracks or gaps between your walls, windows, or doors. Not only will this prevent a cold breeze from passing through your home, but also any potential water damage that arises as water and condensation freeze in these gaps, expanding the existing hole and compromising the integrity of your home.
This should be a given, but to properly prepare for a cold front, you need to know when to expect it and make the necessary preparations to stay safe and warm as temperatures plummet.
If you know we're going to have a cold snap, you'll have more time to protect any sensitive plants you might have in the garden, plan some hearty meals and maybe decide what should be on your movie list for a cosy few nights in.
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