We’ve had some really wild weather recently and with this in mind we’d love it if you could help us out and get your property ready for winter! We’ve come up with a pre-winter checklist so have a read and tick some off before it gets any colder. If you have any questions or notice anything you would like to flag with us get in touch – we’re here to help!
Firstly, take a walk around the property
Can you see any of the following?
- Blocked gutters
- Dead branches and trees, especially around driveways
- Does any general garden maintenance need to be actioned?
- Cracks in driveways, on decks and pathways that could worsen over the winter
- If there is a pool or water feature, ensure it is covered and free of leaves and debris
Heat pump and extractor fan – use and maintenance
With the Healthy Homes standards coming into effect we now have much dryer, warmer homes. But some of these items do take some maintenance, especially when they’re about to get a lot of use!
- Some tips to make the most of your heat pump – leave it on! If you’re in for the day the most effective (and cost effective) way of using your heat pump is to set it to a comfortable temperature, make sure doors and windows are closed and leave it going. It will turn on and off as needed to maintain the temperature you have set rather than you turning it on and off throughout the day and it constantly trying to get back up to the set temperature. If your home is feeling a little damp most heat pumps also have a dehumidifying setting you can utilise as well!
- If you are having any issues with your heat pump please let your property manager know as it may need a service. We do also ask that tenants regularly clean out the filters as well. See how here.
- Have a look at the outdoor unit too – make sure there isn’t any plant growth or debris blocking proper air flow (this could also be a fire hazard). If this isn’t manageable to clear by yourself then again, please let us know.
- Range hoods and extractor fans. Please make use of these, particularly in your bathroom. They are a great preventative of mould and damp in your home.
Mould and mildew
- Unfortunately this can be a part of Auckland living especially in the colder months and staying on top of cleaning it is key. A common spot is your bathroom ceiling but mould and mildew can occur on drywall, carpets, fabric, leather, wool or paper. This can be harmful to your health so wiping it away with a mix of 70% vinegar/30% water can really help here and it is important to stay on top of.
And finally – windows!
- We know condensation on windows is a real problem for a lot of homes. There are a few things you can do a manage it:
- Not drying clothes indoors.
- Putting lids on pans when cooking.
- Using extractor fans when cooking or showering.
- Keeping your showers short.
- Cover fish tanks.
- Choosing household plants that don’t require a lot of water – for example, yuccas, succulents and dracaenas.
- Take a look at your windows as well – they can be draughty as wooden windows do expand and contract with the changing weather which can cause cracks and draughts to form. Let us know if you spot any.
So let’s stay toasty this winter! Any questions? Get in touch on your property manager.