Thursday, August 1, 2019

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

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While preparing for the coming winter might be the last thing on your mind during all the hot weather, it is a good time to start thinking about what can be done for when the temperature begins to drop. Although it may feel as though summer will last forever, it almost certainly won’t, and you don’t want to get caught out as everyone heads down to the stores to pick up precisely the same items you’re after to prepare for a long, cold winter. Work out what you need to do and get in there early so that when the chilly weather arrives, you will already be well-prepared for it by following these simple tips. 

Attic insulation 

Adding insulation to your attic not only retains the heat within your house, but it can also lead to a reduction in your energy bills as you will find that the central heating no longer needs to be kept on for so long to maintain a comfortable temperature. In an uninsulated home up to a quarter of the heat is lost throughthe roof, making its installation even more necessary. Fortunately, it is a simple task that can be carried out by those possessing even the most basic DIY skills and will pay for itself many times over the ensuing years. 

Clear your gutters 

It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, yet clearing out the gutters before the temperature drops is an important job that can help prevent damp from seeping into the walls and causing mold. During the autumnal months, leaves and sticks can build up in the gutters, leading to the formation of ice dams when melted snow pools and then refreezes at roof edges and eaves. It doesn’t have to cost any money clearing the gutters either. Simply get up on a ladder with a pair of gardening gloves and run your hand along to make sure there is nothing that will cause a blockage. 

Updating radiators 

When it comes to energy efficiency, modernizing the features in your home can make all the difference, as increasingly greener technology constantly appears on the market. One area in which it is well worth investing in preparation for the winter is radiators. Whether it is a simple case of bleeding them to keep your home toasty or purchasing new ones from websites such as Warmrooms, radiators should always be near the top of your list when planning for a cold winter ahead. 

Sealing doors and windows 

Ridding your home of draughts is a quick and effective way of retaining heat and saving on energy bills during the winter. The air usually gets in via gaps in doors and edges of windows, so a cheap fix is to head down to your local hardware store or shop online for weather stripping to seal gaps around the entry points. It’s a good idea to check the rubber seals around aluminum joinery and the air coming in from the fireplace if you have one, as these can also be common causes of a chilly house.

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