5 Ways to Winterise your Home
Do you need to Winterise your home quickly? These are 5 tasks that we recommend you complete, to make sure your home is ready for winter. These can be done yourself, or you can hire a professional to complete these tasks in a safe manner, to make your home a risk-free place over winter.
1. Clean your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is a must before the winter, if you don’t, you could face a lot of potential problems. If they are blocked with debris, it could lead to a build-up of water, that freezes and can then crack and burst your gutters. Also, this blocked debris could cause the water flowing into the walls, foundations and roof, causing them to deteriorate. Getting them cleaned early, can save a lot of money that would be spent on repairs if any considerable damage has occurred.
2. Check your Insulation
Insulation protects your walls and ceilings from air leakage. Evaluate your current insulation to see if it worn, which could be from years of weather or pest infestations. If this is worn, your heating system would be working double as hard to counter the chilly air coming in from your loft. Installing loft insulation could present numerous hazards, such as; falling through the ceiling or exposing yourself to lung-harmful chemicals. It is recommended to call a professional, who has the professional knowledge, experience and safety equipment to lay proper ceiling insulation.
3. Insulate your Windows and Doors
Your windows and doors can, potentially, leak a lot of heat during the winter. As well as this, you should check the window frames in your house, by feeling if the frames are cold. If they are, you can apply weather-stripping or caulking to the frames to seal any leaks. It should be worth investing in thermal curtains or blinds. When it is sunny, open your curtains/blinds to let the light in to warm up the rooms; at night, close them tight to keep the heat within your home. Thermal curtains could offer added lining for increased insulation.
4. Install a programmable thermostat
If you live in a home with an outdated thermostat, it could be costing your home a lot of utility bills cost. It may end up being worth spending a little bit on installing a new, programmable thermostat. While you are at it, maybe researching and installing a smart thermostat could benefit your home, as you could control your heating from your phone, even if you are away from your home.
5. Clear snow and Ice from patios and driveways
During the winter, snow and ice around the walkways around your home can become dangerous for you and your family. Spreading salt and grit over these will prevent any ice build-up, keeping a safe environment around your home.