Getting Your Property Ready for the Colder Weather
We’ve had a few crisp, frosty days recently so now is a good time to have a look at how to make sure your property ready for the full force of winter. A little preparation should actually save you a lot of problems over the next few months.
Cold weather causes all sorts of havoc and we don’t often notice anything is wrong until something catastrophic happens.
Here are a few quick tips to help keep your property in great condition so that there are no nasty surprises, especially when you should be enjoying Christmas and the New Year. They might also save you some money!
Prepare Your Boiler For Winter
The heart of your house during winter is your heating. If you have a central heating boiler, whether it’s gas, electric, oil or wood burner, it’s a good thing to get it serviced before winter hits.
First of all, if your boiler isn’t maintained properly at all, it’s likely to be inefficient. What that means is you have to use more power to heat your home and that, in turn, costs more money. A quick service should improve things while ensuring that your system is safe and likely to last longer before needing to be replaced.
Checking your heating includes the radiators in each room. Put the heating on and go and feel the radiators. If you find cold spots, it usually means that they need bleeding which involves loosening a nut with a special key to release air.
Check Your Pipes
When water freezes it expands and this can certainly cause problems with pipes. If we’re having a mild spell it doesn’t matter but a cold snap has the potential to really cause trouble. If the pipe gets damaged, you’ll be left with a flood either indoors or outdoors.
Check any external walls where you have water pipes and make sure any gaps are sealed. You can add insulation to pipes that may be vulnerable to freezing, especially those outside.
If you are away from home, ensuring your heating is on at a low level should reduce the risk of the pipes freezing.
One of the biggest things that saves money on heating bills is insulation. If you don’t already have cavity wall insulation, it’s worth having this installed as it can save you more than £100 a year in heating costs.
We suggest you get up into the attic and check your roof insulation too. This should be a minimum of 270mm and if it is looking old or has been flattened, it should really be replaced.
Don’t forget heat rises and most is going to be lost through the roof. That added layer can make a big difference. The good news is this something you can do yourself as insulation rolls are available in your local DIY store or online.
Cut Your Energy Bill
Swapping your supplier is not only cost-effective and means you’ll end up paying less but it’s pretty easy to do as well. All you need to do is log on to a site like uSwitch and you can get it done in a matter of minutes. A quick search will show how much you are using each year and which suppliers are offering a better tariff. You might be able to cut as much as £200 off your bills if you do this before winter.
Clean Your Drains
Finally, after the leaves fall during Autumn, your gutters and drains may be blocked with all sorts of debris. It pays to give all your gutters a check to make sure there are no blockages that could cause issues over winter. If water pools and freezes it can cause guttering to crack and means it will need to be replaced.