As the days are getting shorter, we are reminded each day that winter is on it’s way. It may not be here just yet, but you have the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for those colder months ahead. You don’t have to be an expert in DIY, or make any drastic home improvements, preparing your home for the winter months is easier than you think. So I thought it would be a good idea to share with you four tips to help you do that.
Let’s take it outside
One of the first jobs you can start to think about is clearing the gutters and drains. During the fall, we know that leaves fall from the tree branches at an alarming rate. They tend to gather wherever they can, and the gutters and drains are just one of the places that can get clogged up easily. As there is an increasing possibility of rain and snow, blocked drains could cause leaks and further damage to your home if not taken care of. It may be last on your essentials list, but it’s one of those tasks you’d be a fool to ignore.
Avoid those disaster moments
Naturally during the winter we will be cranking up our boilers and furnaces to provide much needed heat to the home. However, as they may not have been used during the summer months, you may find that they are a little hesitant to fire up. The last thing anyone wants on a cold day is no heating. Getting your heating system checked over before the colder weather hits is a great tip to avoid future disasters. Calling in professionals like Save Home Heat could save you a lot of money in the long run as it’s one way of avoiding huge repair costs.
What about your walls?
One of the easiest ways a home can lose heat is through the walls and roof. The reason may be down to the walls not being insulated correctly. It tends to be a more regular occurrence on older properties, as newer ones should have had insulation installed when being built. If you feel that your home just never seems to retain heat, this could be your problem. Insulation isn’t a huge job; you could consider it in the walls but also just lining your roof and attic space could save you a fortune in heating bills.
Protect those pipes
Pipes in and out of your home can be one of the biggest problems you face during the winter months. Pipes can freeze on the coldest days, and then burst as the temperature drops. Burst pipes can cause huge problems with your plumbing system. A great tip is to protect those pipes with a foam layer surrounding them. If you live in an area that is prone to those ice and snow days, this could save you a lot of heartache in the future.
I hope this has helped you become more aware of some of the ways you get your home ready for winter.
Do you have any tips to share?
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