Simple Steps to Winter Proof Your Home
As we enter September, the summer is over for another year and unfortunately winter is fast approaching! Here are some simple steps you can take to winter proof your home and ensure you stay warm despite whatever the elements throw at you this year.
Why should you winter proof your home?
Taking simple steps to winter-proofing your home is a great way of increasing your home’s efficiency, allowing you to not only stay warm for less, but you will also extend the life of your utilities such as your boiler and water pipes.
How to winter proof your home:
- Insulation wherever necessary: Insulation is a cheap and effective way to ensure that the heat you are already using is not escaping the house. This can be incredibly effective when installed in places such as a loft as heat rises and the loft tends to be one of the biggest sources of lost heat in many homes. Loft insulation is often inexpensive and simple to install – all it takes to is for the insulation to be unrolled and lay it down between wooden joints.
- Close doors and stop droughts underneath: This is one of the best habits you can get into if you are keen to keep the heat from escaping from the living room, and all it takes is to keep the door closed behind you! If you notice a draft coming from underneath the door – a simple draft excluder is a fantastic way to help prevent any more heat escaping.
- Protect your water pipes and water tanks: During particularly cold winters, it is possible for the water pipes of your home to completely freeze, stopping any water from getting to where it needs to be and increasing the chance of bursting the pipe. By simply applying some rubber pipe insulation to exposed pipes, you can rest easy knowing that they can run smoothly all winter long as they will be protected from the elements.
- Ensure your gutters are clear: After the autumn leaves have fallen, it is a good idea to check that there are no leaves blocking your gutters as this could cause a build-up of water that could damage your roof over time. Whilst you are up there, why not double check the roof for any damage that you may have missed, always better to find out about a problem early!
- Regulate the heating with a thermostat: Smart thermostats are quickly on the rise and for good reason. By simply installing a smart thermostat, the device will slowly attune to your heating habits and eventually save money over traditional on off heating switches by automatically turning off when you aren’t home and allowing you to remotely access the thermostat, so it can be set to your preferred temperature by the time you return home