5 tips to get your home winter-ready
Most of us love Autumn – the crisp mornings, orange leaves, conkers dotting our pathways, and dressing up in smart Autumn wear. But before we realise it, the cold and not-so-colourful winter will be upon us. Which is why there's no better time than now to make sure your house is all set for the freezing months. Who likes a heater that doesn't perform to its max when it's 3 degrees outside? And don't you just hate that cold draft that sneaks in from your window? Read on, and sort your house up for winter…
1. Check your heaters/ boilers are in order
We rarely use our heaters from April to November. That's eight months of them sitting idle. Like most things, boilers and heaters also need some attention prior to being switched on again after a long period of time. First and foremost, check the air filters and make sure they’re clean and free of dust/ dirt. Make sure the controls work, and look out for signs of leaks or damage. If your heating system hasn't been serviced in a while, now is the time to do it. Much better than your central heating conking out in the midst of winter!
And while you're at it, don't forget to check your portable heaters for frayed cords, exposed wires or loose plugs.
2. Seal your windows
What use is it if the heater is on but there's a cold whiff of air circling the room? If your windows have gaps or aren't fitted perfectly, outside air will enter the room making you feel the chill despite the heater being on full blast. Ensure you've got tight, sealed windows that don't let the air in. Check your conservatory windows too – if it's warm and snug in there, your conservatory is a great place to relax in even in the colder months (under a fleece blanket and with a hot cuppa!).
3. Get insulation
Another factor we tend to overlook, and instead turn on the heat. Make sure your rooms are well insulated from within (read more on cavity wall insulation here); not only will this keep your house warmer but will also save you loads of money off your energy bills. Again, think outside the box and remember to insulate your loft first – quite a significant amount of heat in your house is often lost through the roof!
4. Protect your pipes
Pipes can sometimes freeze in very cold weather, leading to a pipe burst. Protect them with a foam covering that will keep them warm and safe through winter.
5. Last but not the least, don't forget your garden!
Gardens are for Spring, Summer and Autumn but who likes to get wet and cold maintaining their garden in the cold? Not me! Keep the stress at bay and get a gardener to prep your garden for winter. Get it weeded, trimmed and cleaned so that all you have to do through the cold months is just basic TLC to the plants. Your garden doesn't have to look uncared for and unloved – it can still look beautiful through winter with just a bit of pre-planning.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post