In this news article we will be sharing some tips that will keep you warm and protect your home from the inevitable cold days of winter. Winter is just lurking around the corner, with the days getting shorter and colder and it’s time to start thinking about ways to winter proof your home.
Firstly, get your boilers looked at: A poorly maintained boiler wastes energy and creates added costs. It also runs the risk of leaking carbon monoxide. Therefore, to decrease the likelihood of this it’s a good idea to service your boiler every year. As everyone starts to switch on their central heating, the surge in gas consumption can lead to a big increase in boiler breakdowns.
Bleed the radiators: A great way to warm up your home is to bleed your radiators. This will release any trapped air, allowing hot water to fill every part of your radiator and warm your home more efficiently.
Guttering: As leaves start falling, gutters and drainpipes will start to get filled will loose foliage. Once the blockage becomes too much, water will start to back up in the guttering and leak into the roof and down the walls of the house. Make sure your gutters are completely free from grime and dirt to minimise water blockage.
No entry for draughts: Those chilly winter winds will try everything they can to slip through the nooks and crannies of your home. You need to check the edges of your doors and windows for draughts, and you can either seal these gaps with self-adhesive draught strips, or get one of those funny draught excluders shaped like a snake or a dog.
Keep your pipes warm: It is very common in winter for pipes to burst due to rapid freezing and thawing, potentially causing massive damage. Therefore, the best way to stop this from happening is to keep your pipes warm with their own foam cardigan, which will reduce the heat lost and insulate the pipes to stop them from freezing.
Sweep your chimneys: If you use your chimneys often, make sure they get swept every year. This will remove the build-up of dirt and grime from your chimney walls.
Bonus tips: Stock up on hot chocolate and other warm drinks. Sitting down on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate is one of the best feelings ever, it doesn’t matter if it’s pouring down with freezing cold rain or in the middle of a blizzard or gale force winds.
We know it can be tough to keep everything in your home running smoothly during the colder months, but hopefully some of these tips will help and it is always best to start preparing your home for the winter months early.
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