The chillier season will soon be upon us. After the beauty of the fall comes the cold snap. Before the depth of winter truly sets in, you need to get your humble abode fit to confront the elements. With cooler days comes freezing nights. You might love the winter season with the chance to watch your favorite box sets every evening in front of a roaring fire with a hot chocolate in your hand becoming the norm. However, if your home is not maintained well enough, you could find that your idyllic winter season could quickly turn into a nightmare. Take a look at how you can get your home fit for winter in three simple steps.
Look Up: When you are considering your home in the winter, you want it to be watertight. Head onto your driveway and look up. Your roof is one of the most integral parts to your home. Any cracked tiles or missing slate, and you run the risk of developing leaks, damp and mold internally. Your home will be less energy efficient, and you could find rot ruining your rafters. Don’t scrimp on your roofing repairs and take a look at the American Home Contractors’ roofing guide to help you decide whether it would be better to repair your tiles or replace your entire roof. You are better doing this now before the cold snap sets in rather than waiting until the depths of winter.
Windows: The windows of your home are another way that you can lose the heat from your home. No matter how much you have the heating on, dodgy seals or poor glazing could result in all of that heat escaping. You need to take a detailed look at each of the windows in your home and consider if they need replacing. While this may seem like an expense that you can ill afford, there are often buy one get one free offers, allowing you to do more fixing that you may have initially considered. The new glazing will also pay for itself in no time, as the cost of your new windows will be offset by the amount of money you save on heating bills.
Fireplace And Heating: If you love nothing more than a roaring fire, you need to ensure that your fireplace is ready to light. Woodburners and old school Victorian fireplaces need a sweep and clean every year, otherwise soot can gather and blockages can occur. A fireplace can help you to save money on your heating bills, and keep one room of your house forever toasty.
To save money on your heating bills, you need to consider the joys of a smart thermostat. By managing your heating over your smartphone, you can keep your home at a constant temperature. If you are heading in from work, you can whip the heating on before you even start your commute home. If you know that you won’t be in all day, you can set your thermostat lower, saving money.
Don’t succumb to being cold this season. Ensure that your home is fit for winter by following these three simple steps.