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Get your home ready for Winter

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I know, I know. It’s still summer and the last thing you want to be thinking about is winter but it’s better to get prepared now rather than to be sat wishing you had when you’re up to your neck in drifts and snow!

Fortunately, we’ve come up with eight steps that cover the simplest, most efficient ways to get your home ready for Winter:

How’s your heating?

You’ll be relying heavily on your heating system throughout the winter season, so make sure it’s working properly! Get your boiler serviced, your furnace tuned and your chimney swept to ensure everything is working at full capacity.

Invest in the attic

Rule number one of winter: air-sealed, insulated homes hold heat. Warm up and save money simply by combating convection.

Don’t forget the basement

If you have a basement or crawl spaces they can be a lesser-known source of cold air infiltration. Get insulating those open spaces and you’ll have the warmest house on your block.

Check the front door

get your home ready for winterUnless the winter weather becomes to much for you, you’ll be using the main entry to your home on a regular basis. If you think about it, your front door is really just a huge whole in the wall of your house so it’s crucial that you check for gaps and drafts.

Go draft hunting

On a windy day, walk around your home with a candle to see if where any breezes are coming in. Most drafts will probably be coming from windows so make sure you invest in weather-stripping and check for any cracks.

Safety first

After last years severe weather it may be a good idea to make sure you have access to salt and grit. You should also know how to switch your water and electricity off just in case. Also, check your insurance policies: do you need cover for flood or storm damage?

Clean your gutters

Falling leaves can be a beautiful welcome to autumn, but they also fall in your gutters and mess everything up. Remove leaves from gutters so winter rains and melting snow can drain as clogging can lead to ice dams. Whilst your up there check for cracks and misaligned pipes. Whilst you’re at it, make sure pipes are carrying water away from the foundation of your home to avoid flooding and/ or water damage. Lastly, insulate your pipes to ensure they stay protected throughout winter. Fan hack If you have a ceiling fan, make sure it’s running clockwise during winter. This will force warm air down to where it’s needed most. That’s it! Now you should be well prepared for winter. But for now enjoy the sunshine and revel in the warmth!

 

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Siobhan Harmer is an English Freelance writer who drinks far too much coffee!!

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