How ready are you for winter this year? Leave it too late to prepare the home and not only will your property freeze as temperatures start to plummet outside, you’ll notice a severe rise in the cost of utility bills.
Be prepared for the onslaught of snow, ice and freezing conditions. If you haven’t winterised your property this way yet, there’s still time to do something about it.
Insulate the Property
It’s easy to lose heat from your home if you fail to insulate the property adequately. Various areas of the property are prone to heat loss and this can include exterior walls, the roof, doors and windows. Loft insulation is a good place to start, add a fleecy base layer and prevent rising heat from evaporating into the atmosphere. Cavity wall insulation is another area to consider, this will prevent heat from billowing out of the side of the home. Lag heating pipes too and prevent them from freezing during periods of extreme temperatures. Basic insulation will make a huge difference to the heat levels within your home.
Update Windows and Doors
Poorly fitting doors and weather worn windows are another cause of heat loss within the home. Draughty, single glazed windows are some of the worst culprits, they offer very little in the way of insulation. Double and triple glazed options are best. They add a protective barrier as do snug fitting UPVC or composite doors. Fit them and your home benefits from high levels of thermal efficiency.
Get a New Boiler
Old and dated boilers are unreliable, expensive to run and prone to breakdowns over the winter months. Fit an A-rated boiler though and not only will this run with greater efficiency over the winter months, it’ll be less temperamental and it could reduce your winter fuel bill by anywhere up to 25%
Have your Central Heating Serviced
Take care of your central heating now and this should prevent any potential problems as the winter embraces your home. Getting your boiler serviced isn’t a bad idea, you might want to power flush your radiators or give them a bleed, to remove air from the system and reduce the chances of cold spots. Have a heating service now and you reduce the chances of it breaking down as temperatures drop outside.