We don’t want to admit it, but the Winter months are looming! No matter how much we turn a blind eye to it, it’ll creep up on us eventually and we need to be prepared for what it brings. Being a UK resident means snow, ice, wind (you name it) will soon be upon us, and it’s essential that we prepare ourselves and our homes correctly to combat the effects.
You’re right; it’s still summer, so why on earth are we discussing the colder months?! The fact of the matter is that the more prepared you are, the more you will benefit later down the line. The changing weather will not only affect us, but it can cause damage and disruption to how we run our homes every day. With the right steps in place, we can help prevent this. It’s never too early to prepare!
Give your property a health check.
Your house is your pride and joy. You’ve spent time decorating it, keeping it under control, paying its bills and simply running it, so it’s very important that you look after it! There are many ways to keep on top of your property well before the cold weather sets in:
- Damaged water pipes – if you notice any cracks in your walls, this will be bad news when winter rears its head! Seal any gaps to prevent the cold air reaching your pipes. If it does reach them, the water in your pipes could freeze and no one wants or needs burst pipes in the winter!
- Clean your gutters – leaves and dirt can build up in your drains over the months causing unfriendly blockages. Having a good clean can prevent water getting clogged in your drains which could, eventually, make its way into your home.
- Prevent damp – anything that can cause condensation such as drying clothes or steam from cooking can create damp. Drying clothes outside or cooking with a door closed can prevent this from entering colder rooms.
Get your fuel prices nailed
Gas, electric, heating oil or wood burner? Either way, you need to choose the right option at the right time! Different fuel types can fit some homes better than others. There are benefits of using each type, so it’s worth researching to see what can save you the most money. For example, when choosing heating oil to heat your home, it can work out cheaper when purchasing in the summer months than winter. Getting a heating oil quote early will make sure you don’t get caught with high fees that you’ll be forced to pay. Don’t leave it too late!
Check for draughts
Draughts can be the worst thing in the world when winter comes around, so sealing cracks and winter-proofing windows is a good precautionary measure to take before it gets chilly. Weatherstripping the frames of windows and fixing any holes can keep your home warmer for longer, and keep that cold air at bay!
Insulate and protect!
Correctly insulating your home can make all the difference when it comes to keeping the heat in. We’re all aware that heat energy rises. It rises through ceilings in the home into out through the roof if you don’t have the right insulation. Help to keep your house warmer for longer by investing in good loft and wall insulation. As well as the main benefit of keeping your house warmer in winter and cooler in summer, insulation can help to reduce energy costs and increase your comfort all year round.
Stock up on winter essentials.
Making sure you’re well prepared with the essentials will save you worrying about it in a few months’ time. Think about the types of weather we could have, (and by being in the UK, it really could be anything). For snow and ice, make sure you’re stocked up on salt/grit and perhaps the odd snow shovel or two! Certain weathers could also prevent power cuts or disruptions, so stocking up on torches and matches will be beneficial.
Through keeping on top of these points, you’ll be prepared well in advance for whatever the winter months throw at us. And, before you know it, we’ll be back in the warmth!