The summer is over and the nights are beginning to draw in. This means that now is the time to make sure your home is prepared for the winter months. Here’s ten ways to ensure your home is winter-ready.
1. Bleed radiators
You want to ensure your heating system is functioning at its full potential by bleeding your radiators. This is a really easy job. Open the bleed valve at the top of your radiator with a radiator key; once the air has escaped and water starts to appear, it’s time to close the valve. If you can feel a cool section at the top of your radiator, it’s time to bleed.
2. Service your boiler
This is one for the GasSafe Registered boiler services in Exeter experts! Boilers are complicated systems and an annual service with a reputable company is prudent. Far better to service the boiler now before the winter really kicks in – imagine the boiler breaking down during the coldest months!
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3. Sweep your chimney
Not everyone has one, but those who do should make sure their chimney is swept annually. Professional sweeps know what they’re doing, and how to keep the whole process as soot-free as possible. This step is especially important if you have a wood burning stove or open fire.
4. Prepare your garden
Now is the best time to prepare your garden for the spring with bulb planting, a spot of pruning, and a general tidy up. By investing time in planting now, once the spring comes, you will be in for a great display. Now is also the best time to do some hard pruning of trees that may have grown too big over the last few years.
5. Protect your pipes
Unprotected pipes are prone to freezing over the winter, and can burst. Protecting external pipes with lagging is a great idea. Locate any exterior pipe work and remember the general rule that the thinner the pipe, the thicker the insulation you will need. You could turn off any exterior pipes or taps that you will not need during the winter months.
6. Make a salt or grit store
It’s a great idea to keep a stock of salt or grit to spread on your path when it’s icy. You may consider this essential if your home sits on any kind of incline. Throwing down some salt or grit can make simple tasks in the winter much easier and far less treacherous.
7. Fix draughts
There is nothing worse than letting all your heat escape through draughty doors and windows. There are loads of ways to fix annoying draughts, including the faithful old door sausage. Another tried and tested method is to install heavyweight winter curtains.
8. Inspect your attic and roof
Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home’s integrity. Make time every year to inspect it so you can deal with any loose or missing roof tiles. If you don’t feel able to manage this task, it’s a good idea to employ professionals.
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9. Unused rooms
Make sure you keep any unused rooms closed. You may also be able to turn off the heating to those rooms as a way to save money on your winter heating bill.
10. Find your stopcock and know how to use it
Your stopcock is the connection between your home and the mains water supply. It is better to be prepared for an emergency rather than to find your home flooded and your belongings ruined. A common place to find the stopcock is under the sink. Be aware that many homes also have an external stopcock too – if this is the case, make sure you know where that one is, too.
Now your home is ready for winter and protected against harsh weather, you can turn your attention to planning for Christmas. Why not treat your family and you to a lovely new kitchen, installed by experienced kitchen fitters? Imagine a long Christmas lunch surrounded by loved ones in your cosy home, and the joy of cooking the Christmas lunch in a brand new kitchen. Make sure everything goes well by employing professional kitchen fitters to do the job.
We would love to hear your tips and advice! Please post your ideas to keep your home protected in the comments below.