Prepare Your Home For Winter And Beat The Cold

On March 4, 2018 by Himanshu

If you aren’t prepared, winter can be a really uncomfortable time. Long periods of dark and cold days, a constant need to wrap up and the thought of ever being warm again seems a long way away!

If your home isn’t prepared for winter, it’s even worse! You feel as though you just can’t escape the cold!

With our handy tips you’ll be able to prepare your home for winter and beat the cold.

Have Your Roof Insulated

Have Your Roof Insulated
According to home logic, 25% of the heat in our house is lost through an un-insulated roof. By having your roof insulated you’ll save a considerable amount of the heat. It’s also a simple job to do and needn’t be expensive if you do it yourself.

Have a good look around for energy-saving grants as there is a good chance you’ll be able to get the work done for free or at a very reduced rate.

Make Sure Your Boiler is Serviced

Make Sure Your Boiler is Serviced
A fully functioning boiler is a great asset at all times, never mind the winter! With the boiler working as it should it is less likely to break down and is far more likely to work as efficiently as possible.

A boiler is easy to forget about until it’s too late, so make an annual boiler check and service a priority. Ideally have this done before it gets really cold outside – you don’t want to find out there’s a problem in the depths of winter when your boiler is vital!

Drain Your Radiators

Drain Your Radiators
Clearing out your radiators ahead of the winter is a great way to help make sure they are working as effectively as possible.

There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to do this, but if you aren’t confident enough to do it yourself, ask a handy man to come around (it’ll be cheaper than a plumber) and will ensure you have a nice, clean and efficient heating system.

Use Draft Excluders

Use Draft Excluders
With the best will in the world, there’s a good chance that despite your best efforts you’ll still have drafts that come in through the small gap at the bottom of the door frame. Home logic estimates that we lose 15% of the heat in our homes through drafts.

Eliminate these with a draft excluder – they don’t cost much and are remarkably effective at keeping drafts at bay!

Buy Good Quality Curtains

Buy Good Quality Curtains
Windows are another source of heat loss. Without resorting to a very expensive replacement of your windows, invest in some good quality, thick curtains. As well as looking great, the thick curtains will dramatically cut down unnecessary heat loss through windows.

It’s also important that you use the curtains – don’t rely on blinds to prevent heat loss from your windows. Keeping the curtains closed in the winter nights can reduce heat loss by up to 17%.

Keep Internal Doors Closed

Keep Internal Doors Closed
Leaving doors open in the house is a way to dilute the effectiveness of the central heating – you’ll be increasing the amount of space the radiators have to heat, reducing the internal temperature.

Keeping doors closed helps retain heat in the room, meaning you’ll be able to stay warm even whilst the heating is on a relatively low temperature.

Have Your Walls Insulated

Have Your Walls Insulated
Most new houses built after the 1920’s will have cavity walls – a type of construction that leaves a gap (cavity) between a block layer and an outer brick layer. Estimates say that the average home could save £150 on heating bills by having cavity wall insulation installed.

An additional bonus is that you may be entitled to free cavity wall insulation thanks to grants available to pay for some (or all) of the work!

By following these tips you’ll prepare your home for winter and beat the cold easily. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get started on the work now and you’ll ensure you have a very comfortable winter indeed!

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One Response to “Prepare Your Home For Winter And Beat The Cold”

  • Frozen condensate drain pipe? Send bill to Prescott, Blair, Greenpeace & EU During a prearranged visit, I had round, a local heating engineer to check our system, while he was bleeding one radiator, I had a quick chat and talked about the new types of condensing boilers, he said he wasn’t really aware of the controversy but that the new types of boiler’s reliability had improved I left it there, I didn’t want to piss him off. had improved says it all, they’re still inferior to my old Baxi, it’ll have to give up the ghost before I replace it, or maybe I’ll be a ghost 😉

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