Winter weather is often something which fills us with dread, so it’s really snow joke when it comes to getting your home ready for the chill.
We never know how cold or long winter might be and each year we see our energy bills rise, leaving many of us skating on thin ice during the winter months. So what are the best ways to keep Jack Frost at the door? Check out our handy hints and tips to help you stay warm this winter…
Draft proofing is one of the most effective ways to keep your home warm and cosy during the winter and it couldn’t be easier to do. The best place to start is to seek out any places where there might be an opening - external walls, windows and doors. It’s best to do this on a windy day so you can spot those whistling winds creeping in.
Whilst those are the main offenders, they’re not the only places a draught might be squeezing through. Check plumbing pipes, extractor fans and your loft and don’t forget one of the major culprits - underneath your window sill!
The easiest way to fill in any holes is to use a tube of sealant or decorators caulk and for air leaks in between door and window frames draught proofing strips are quick and easy to apply. All of these things are available at most DIY stores and are easy to use yourself.
Avoid bursts and leaks by getting your pipes and water tanks insulated ahead of winter. Giving your home a little bit of padding for the winter will leave you feeling snug. Draught proofing (above) is one of the best things you can do, but make sure you’re giving the rest of your pad the same attention.
Loft insulation traps rising warm air and stops it from escaping. As well as keeping you warm through the winter, it can also help you save money on your energy bills. If your loft is already insulated, check that there are seals between the hatch frame and the hatch and that they’re in good condition. Check for air gaps between the hatch frame and ceiling too, filling in with sealant if needed.
Get your boiler serviced
A happy boiler means a happy home, so beat boiler breakdowns with regular services. If your boiler is more than 3 years old it’s best to have it serviced once a year to ensure it keeps running efficiently. Avoid unwanted costs and save money on your heating bill too with a bit of TLC for your boiler.
Bleed your radiators
Bleeding your radiators is another simple yet effective process when it comes to getting your home ready for the winter and can make a big difference. Air can become trapped inside your radiators, meaning they don’t heat your home as well as they should. Make sure they’re in check before the weather gets chillier by taking a look at our How to Bleed Your Radiator blog post.
Chim Chimney, Chim Chimney, Chim Chim, Cher-ree…
Unfortunately we don’t have a Mary Poppins style solution to making your home warmer for winter, but we can tell you about a quick fix product that’s perfect for keeping the cold from sweeping its way down your chimney. Unused fireplaces bring cold draughts into your home by sucking out all of the heat and can make it hard to heat a room properly. Chimney Sheep is a draught excluder that fits inside your chimney and is one of the easiest ways to keep the cold away and prevent heat loss. It can easily be removed if you want to use the fireplace and can help reduce energy bills and save you money.
Of course, there’s still something else you could do…
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Hopefully these hints and tips will help keep you feeling warmer this winter and bring a little festive cheer to your home, just in time for Christmas.