Senior Snippet - Be ready for Winter

Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Matthew Murray-James of Home Instead in Wrexham and Deeside

This month, I’d like to share some tips that will keep you warm and protect your home from the bleak cold days of winter. Although it may seem like summer never really started, the days are getting shorter and colder and it’s time to start thinking about ways to winter proof your home.

Get your boilers looked at: Poorly maintained boiler’s wastes energy and creates added costs. It also runs the risk of leaking carbon monoxide. So, 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. It may also be wise to have a carbon monoxide monitor fitted they are roughly the same cost as a smoke alarm.

Bleed the radiators: A great way to warm up your home is to bleed your radiators. This releases any trapped air, allowing hot water to fill every part of your radiator and warm your home more efficiently.

Guttering: As Autumn arrives leaves start falling, gutters and drainpipes will start to get filled with loose foliage. Blockage will cause water to start backing up in the guttering and may leak into the roofing 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 draughts will try everything they can to slip through the nooks and crannies of your home. 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.

Sweep your chimneys: If your chimneys are in use, make sure that they get swept every year. This will remove the build-up of dirt and grime from your chimney walls.

Bonus tip: Stock up on hot chocolate and other warm drinks. It doesn’t matter if it’s pouring down with freezing cold rain, in the middle of a blizzard or gale force winds, sitting down on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate in winter is one of the best feelings ever.

Warning – Cowboys  Never trust someone who turns up at your door offering to do a job on the cheap, just say you’re ask you son and daughter for their opinion first and never feel pressured into making a decision on the spot. Use recommended people, speak to your family, neighbours or look for experienced trade’s people in this magazine.