As the days get shorter and the temperature dips, even more, it’s important to start protecting your home from the damages of the cold winter months.
It isn’t just frozen pipes that can cause damage to your home during winter. There are a few other precautions you should take to protect your home from freezing temperatures and ensure that your home stays in the best condition as the weather gets colder.
Install a good heating system
Having a home with a top-notch central heating system is crucial in the cold winter months. Nothing will keep your home feeling warm and cozy as much as good-quality radiators that fill each room of your home with sufficient warmth. There are so many styles and designs on the market these days that will suit all interior designs while still providing the heat needed to protect your home from the cold. Column radiators are great for installing in bathrooms and smaller areas as they take up less space and still provide a great amount of warmth.
Insulate your roof
It is very important to keep your roof well-insulated during the winter months. In fact, nearly a quarter of heat is lost through the roof in uninsulated homes. Getting your loft insulated not only keeps warmth inside your home but also brings down your energy bill quite sufficiently. Just to give you a rough idea, installing the recommended 27cm of loft insulation in a detached or semi-detached house can save up to £200 on your energy bill per year. So it is well worth the investment and time to keep much-needed warmth inside your home and save those extra pennies.
Insulate hot water pipes
There is nothing worse than dealing with a burst hot water pipe in the middle of a cold winter season. Unfortunately, your pipes are most at risk during the colder weather. Protect them by insulating them with some lagging, it can be easily found in your local DIY shop and is a very inexpensive way to save you from a burst pipe.
Get a smart meter
Smart meters are a great way to keep track of how much it is costing you to heat up your home. They give you real-time results on how much energy you are using, and how much electricity and gas you are using in pounds and pence. The gadget that comes with your smart meter can encourage you to use gas or electricity a bit more moderately in your home as you will be able to easily work out which devices guzzle up the most energy. Ultimately, it is down to you to use them more efficiently to reap the financial benefits.
Service your boiler
Keeping your boiler in good shape is essential for the upcoming cold season. Make sure to get it serviced and checked over before winter arrives. There is nothing worse than having to deal with a faulty boiler in the middle of a frosty winter. You can easily book an appointment with your local plumber to fix any problems your boiler may have.