As we enter into fall, it’s understandable that we have our minds firmly set on the colder months ahead. Sure, there is a lot to look forward to with the festive season looming, but winter poses a lot of threats to our home. Harsh weather and darker days mean that we are more susceptible to problems within our home. Unless we take time out to put things in place to protect our homes. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some top tips to help you “Winterproof” your home.
Clear out your gutters and drains
Drainage can become a huge problem during the winter months ahead. The excessive rain can cause your gutters and drains to work harder. But at this time of year, your drains and gutters are more likely to become blocked due to the leaves falling on the floor and additional debris. This is why it is important to ensure you clear out your gutters and drains regularly. Allowing the water to drain away quickly and effectively. If you are unsure on how to do this then enlisting the help of handyman services could be your answer.
Get your garden ready
The inter poses a lot of problems when it comes to harsher weather. Most specifically the increase of wind speed. So it’s essential to ensure you cut back any overgrown trees and bushes. You might also want to consider putting away or covering up any outside furniture you may have. This will help protect it from the cold and wet weather, which can cause damage like rust to certain materials like metal.
Program your heating system
Many modern heating systems have thermostats that will allow you to program your heating. Not only does this save you money on your energy bills, but it can ensure that your house remains warm as and when you need it to be. Many people tend to have their heating come on early morning to ensure a warm house and hot water. Having the temperature at a consistent level should allow you to regulate the heat in your home. Keeping it nice and toasty throughout the times it is occupied.
Upgrade your doors and windows
Heat can escape through older windows and doors; much like cold drafts can get in. This is why it might be time to consider upgrading your windows and doors to a more energy efficient alternative. Double glazing and UPVC options help keep the cold out and the warmth inside. Also, this could have a big impact on your energy bills as you may find you use less heating throughout the colder months ahead.
Insulation in the roof is another way to ensure that heat stays in your home. Heat has a habit of rushing and could escape through uninsulated areas of your home. Avoid this by making sure you are covered.
I hope this has provided you with some essential advice for making sure your home is ready for the winter months ahead.