When it comes to the winter months, preparation is needed to ensure that your home is not only safe on the outside but also on the inside. With Christmas well on the way it is important that you tackle any issues around the home prior to the festive season. Not only will doing this allow you to eat, drink and be merry in the knowledge that your home is safe both inside and outside. But it will also mean that in the new year those annoying household problems have been sorted, allowing you to enjoy time with your family.
Our first tip when it comes to preparing your home for winter has to be to check your boiler. A poorly managed boiler not only wastes energy but can run the risk of leaking carbon monoxide. During the run up to christmas we know everyone wants to save the pennies and the pounds, checking your boiler is well maintained will help with this. If you’re not confident doing this yourself we would advise getting your boiler serviced or alternatively changing the old model for something new.
Radiators are an essential in the home during the colder months, so if you haven’t checked yours for a while then now is the time to do so! If you find that yours are colder at the top than they are at the bottom, then it is essential you bleed the radiator as this is an indication that air is trapped in the system. When it comes to bleeding the radiator you will need to grab a towel and a bleeding key, the process is generally easy and can be resolved relatively quickly.
Good insulation is key when it comes to keeping heat in your home. Nearly a quarter of the heat in your home is lost through the roof, so ensuring your loft and wall cavity insulation is in good condition is vital. These slight improvements won’t cost the earth and in the long run will help you save money.
After the autumn months have passed it is important that you check your guttering. As leaves start to fall gutters and drainpipes can become blocked and clogged with loose debris. We would advise that you check the exterior of your home and remove any garden waste prior to any extreme cold weather.
Icy breezes are prone to making an entrance into the home during the winter months, so ensure that any nooks and crannies around the home are sealed. Take the time to check your doors and windows for draughts, as well as any areas around the home you think may cause a problem.
If you’re looking to undertake a spot of diy during December or you’re just looking to stock up and get ready for those home improvements in the new year, why not take a look at our full selection of stock online at Arnold Laver.