Making a few changes to your home now can save you a lot of hassle during the winter months. Here are a few checks and steps to take to ensure your home can withstand the icy weather that will soon arrive.
Clean The Gutter
It’s a task that is often forgotten but very important to do at least once a year. Blocked gutters can cause many problems, such as leaking gutter joints. According to AXA, leaky gutter joints are among the most prominent causes of damp in people’s homes across the UK.
To minimise the build-up of debris, such as twigs and leaves in your gutters, why not organise a professional to inspect your gutters? And if needed, thoroughly clean them before the winter weather arrives.
If you plan to tick one thing off this list, make sure you prioritise having your boiler checked professionally. There’s nothing worse than having no hot water and heating in your home throughout winter. Which is why it’s essential to get your boiler serviced at least once a year to ensure it’s in good working order.
If you’ve been meaning to book in for a boiler replacement for some time, due to its low efficiency or because it keeps breaking down, now might be the best time to do it.
Withstanding a boiler that isn’t working through the summer months is one thing, but it’s something else entirely through the winter!
New insulation for your home has an abundance of benefits. It will, of course, keep your home much warmer, by retaining heat much better. In turn, it’ll save the amount you spend on your energy bills too, which is ideal ahead of one of the most expensive times of the year, Christmas!
The age of your home and your location in the UK will determine how much insulation your home requires. Hiring a contractor for a consultation of your property will give you a good idea of what type and how much insulation your home could benefit from having installed.
Repair The Roof
Roof tiles or slate that’s broken or missing leaves your home’s structure exposed to the elements. In turn, you might experience a water leak in your home that can eventually cause deterioration of your house’s structure.
Fixing and replacing missing tiles is a simple task for qualified and experienced roofers to complete. However, if the roof is left unfixed, it can quickly cause expensive damage to your home.
If you’re having problems with your roof, contact a local roofer for an inspection, and rectify any issues as soon as possible.
Draught Proof Your Home
From the gap underneath the front door to the second-floor window that always lets in a chilly breeze. The Energy Saving Trust reports 46% of Brits have draught problems in their homes. Meaning a large portion of us are allowing our heating to seep out and the cold to venture indoors.
To prevent this problem from getting worse over winter. Identify where any external air may be accessing your home. You can purchase DIY essentials from stores such as B&Q to seal the gaps yourself. Alternatively, hire a professional to do it for you before winter arrives.
From replacing your old boiler to fixing broken tiles on the roof, preparing your home for winter will ensure you and your family are warm and sheltered. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind that your home can withstand the harsh conditions the winter will bring.