In case you haven’t noticed, the temperature has dropped. Summer is well and truly over and while it’s supposed to be Autumn, it’s feeling pretty chilly outside and more like winter. So, are you ready?
Are Your Windows Secure?
Having gaps in the windows will make you colder than you need to be during the winter months. Make sure your windows are secure so that and it’s a good idea to buy some thick curtains as well as they will add an extra layer of insulation to the house.
Clear The Gutters And Drains
Before it gets too late, get outside and clear the gutters and drains because if you end up with leaves and mud blocking your drains, then it can cause leakage into the roof and walls, something you definitely don’t want during winter.
Get Your Boiler Checked
As well as leaks, another thing you don’t want to be dealing with over the winter has no central heating. Make sure that you get your boiler serviced before the cold weather really kicks in. Do it now before they get busy, and you’re stuck with no heating for days and if you need a new one then have a look at Ideal Boilers to see what your options are.
Sweep The Chimney
It’s important to look after your chimney if you have one. Chimney fires do happen and usually during the winter months and can be very severe. If you can’t do it yourself, then get a professional in to clean and take care of your chimney.
Get Insulation Sorted
If you have insulation installed, you can save a lot of money on your energy bills. Around a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to start.
Protect Your Pipes
Keeping on top of your pipes during winter is also important, and the best way to do this is to protect them with a foam layer which will help to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Also, make sure you remove any vegetation that surrounds the pipes as this can also cause damage.
Get The Best Energy Deal
It’s always worth checking whether you’re on the cheapest energy tariff – you could save more than you think. Use comparison websites to have a look and see.
Making sure you’re insured for any winter-related damage is very important. So check that your home insurance offers the right protection and that you would be covered in the event of a fire or a flood. You should also look into storm or accidental damage as most home insurance policies don’t include it as standard, so you may need to add it on if this is something that could happen where you live.
Get Your Winter Clothes Out
If you’ve put your winter coats and hats away, then it’s time to get them out before you go buying new. Of course, you should treat yourself to a few new winter bits and pieces but go through last year’s stuff first, give it a wash if it’s been under the bed or on top of the wardrobe and remember how much you loved it.