As the colder weather of winter makes its way towards us, it’s time to start thinking about ways to best winterize your home.
Low temperatures can result in damage to your property if not properly prepared for a start.
The cost of fuel isn't going down anytime soon either, which means we all need to make the most of our heating expenditure as possible.
By following a few simple tips, you can get your home in great shape for the winter months and stay warm without breaking the bank.
Where to Start
The first place you should check are both your windows and doors. These are the most common areas for heat to escape which can run up your bill in no time.
Although not cheap, double glazed windows will help retain enough heat that should offset their cost. Most newer homes will have these already but if yours is older, consider this valuable upgrade.
Taking care of doors is a less expensive affair and can pay off in spades. Simple draught protectors should be installed at the bottom of each door to prevent costly heat escaping.
If your home has gutters, take some time to clean out any build-ups of autumn leaves. These can clog the system, which then leads to cracked gutters from large amounts of frozen water.
Move any delicate plants inside otherwise frost can destroy them. Some trees can benefit from pruning to help them through the winter months.
Drain any garden hoses too so that they don’t freeze up when temperatures drop.
Boilers and Pipes
Obviously, the boiler is a priority because without it you will be unable to heat your home or have hot water on hand.
First of all, make sure the boiler is up to date, and if it needs any servicing have it down now before an emergency arises.
Secondly, once it gets cold, run the boiler periodically, this will keep its pipes from freezing up from the cold outside.
Besides doors and windows, your walls play a major role in keeping heat in and cold out.
If you are unsure if your home is already fitted with this, have a professional inspect your property to identify whether it has or not.
Installing this type of insulation will be costly, but again, the savings over time should easily justify the price.
You don't need to spend great lengths of time to get your home in perfect shape for winter. The amount of outlay will vary depending on the current state of your home, however.
Just realize that any expenditure now will pay off in the long run, making it a wise investment, even when you sell your home