Now that we’re in autumn and the colder weather is creeping in, it’s a good idea to start planning ahead for winter. You don’t need to be a DIY expert to prepare your home for the harsh winter months, there are plenty of easy steps you can take to make sure your home is as ready as possible. We’ve had a look at a few to get you started.
1. Get your boiler checked Getting your boiler serviced regularly is very important to ensure its working efficiently. The last thing you want in the cold winter months is to have no central heating. So getting an engineer to come out and give it a quick service before the cold snap hits ensures you’ll have no nasty surprises. 2. Clear gutters and drains Not the most pleasant of jobs, but cleaning leaves and mud from your gutters and drains is an essential one. If too much debris builds up you could end up with leaks into your roof and walls causing considerable water damage. 3. Get insulation Insulation can be expensive but effective. Around a quarter of the heat lost in your home is through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to start. Cavity wall insulation is also a good option and there are also government grants and schemes available to keep costs down. You could save at least £145 per year on your energy bills by investing in insulation according to the Energy Saving Trust. 4. Protect your pipes You can provide good protection for your pipes during winter months by adding a foam layer to them. This foam layer, called lagging, will protect the pipes from freezing and bursting in colder temperatures. Also keeping the area surrounding the pipes clear from vegetation will reduce damage to them. Source – moneysupermarket.com