How to prepare your home for winter

November 8th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
How to prepare your home for winter

Early indications from meteorologists suggest that we could be in for a cold winter this year. They are unsure how long this cold spell will last for but it’s always a good idea to make sure that your property is ready for the colder months ahead, so here are a few ways in which you can prepare your property for winter.

At this time of year you will probably find that autumn leaves have gathered in your properties guttering. If your guttering becomes water logged and leaves stop water from draining away they could become frozen, expand and then burst the pipes, this would be expensive to repair or replace, so always make sure that your guttering is in good working order and is cleared of leaves after each autumn.

Check that pipes in the loft are properly insulated to prevent bursting and flooding, pipe insulation is cheap to buy and easy to install.

Ensure that you keep your property at a minimum of 10c, as this will prevent pipes from bursting if we have a cold spell. Insurance companies will be unlikely to pay up if you have a flood caused by lack of adequate heating in your home.  If you have a central heating system make sure that you get your boiler serviced regularly as this will make it run much more efficiently.

Prevent drafts from coming into your home through windows, doors and chimneys. If your windows are not double-glazed and you can’t afford to replace them, then the most cost effective way of keeping the cold out is to line your curtains. Use draft excluders around doors and windows to help keep out the cold air.

If you have a chimney which doesn’t get used make sure you install a chimney balloon, these cost around £20 and will prevent around 10% of your homes heating from being lost. Open your curtains on a sunny day, as this will help to warm your home and then close them at dusk. Closing rooms off which are not used will help to reduce your heating bills.

If you have wood floors prevent heat loss by laying some mats, these will absorb the heat. Insulate your loft – if you install loft insulation in a standard size loft space, up to 270mm you will save around £180 on your annual energy bill, and it will cost you about £250 to install it yourself, within just under 2 years, it would have paid for itself.