As the summer begins to ebb away and the orange hues and deep red shades of autumn fill our vistas, we inevitably start thinking about the colder season that will soon be upon us. Winter often makes us shiver not because of the freezing temperatures but because of the thought of potential problems that it can cause our humble abodes to suffer from. By acting early and assessing all areas of our homes, we can negate the costly issues that winter can bring. Take a look at these tips to ensure that your home is winter ready.
While the weather is still reasonably good, it’s wise to whip out the ladder and ask a friend to keep hold of the lower rungs as you scale the heady heights up to your roof. It’s time to clear the leaves and mulch from your gutter to prevent any damp from seeping in between the brickwork of your home. Check the tiles or slate. If there are any missing, get them replaced as quickly as possible to prevent any potential leaks. As the wet weather approaches, there’s nothing worse than having a dripping leak soon developing into a cascading waterfall simply because you didn’t fix a cracked tile.
Whether your home is heated by electricity, gas or oil, it’s vital that you check the pipework making sure that they are not blocked or frozen over. Bleed your radiators to remove any airlocks. If your heating is oil fired, ensure that you source a supply of domestic heating oil and arrange a delivery with plenty of time to spare before the cold snap kicks in. You don’t want to be lulled into a false sense of security with well-maintained pipework if you don’t have enough fuel to keep you warm.
Keep In The Warmth
If you are feeling the odd draft enter your home, it’s vital that you locate the source. It could be a window or a gap beneath an external door or air vent. While the draft could be a welcome blast of cool air in the warmer months, in the winter this draft could quickly become an annoyance. Check your windows and ensure that they are sealed appropriately. You may need to replace your UPVC facias which sounds expensive but could save you money in the long run as you lose less heat from your home and pay less for your energy bills.
If your loft or walls aren’t adequately insulated, it pays to get some cavity wall foam insulation. This can save you hundreds of pounds every year and will pay for itself within five years. You will notice that you don’t have to set your thermostat quite so high and your home will retain much more heat.
You won’t be forced to spend those snowy winter days huddled in your home dressed in three pairs of socks and multiple layers of clothes if you take some time now to check the vulnerable areas of your home. Take action to ensure the proper maintenance of your property and get your home winter ready.