Eight DIY tips for keeping your home warm, safe and secure this winter
With winter fast approaching, now is the time to tackle those all-important DIY tasks to ensure your home is ready for the onslaught of the colder months ahead.
1. Check your boiler
A properly functioning heating system will be essential when the temperature drops, so check that it is in good working order. Bleed any sluggish radiators and consider fitting an electronic thermostat to the wall to control the room temperature.
2. Exclude draughts
Make sure that there are no draughts entering your home from cracks in windows or doors, and seal any small holes up. If you have lightweight curtains fitted on windows, consider swapping them for the upcoming season for heavier drapes that have a better insulating effect. A home that is well insulated is warmer and more energy efficient.
3. Inspect the roof
Missing or broken tiles or flashing may cause water to penetrate inside your home, so check your roof and chimney before the harsh winter weather kicks in. As well as making a visual inspection from outside, go up into the attic and check that there are no gaps in the roof.
4. Maintain your fireplace
A real fire or wood stove can give your home a warm, inviting feel when it gets chilly outside, but make sure it is in a good condition before you light up. Remove any old ashes, make sure the chimney is clean and stock up on wood.
5. Clean gutters
If your gutters have become clogged with autumn leaves or other debris, they won’t be able to do their job properly and may cause water to enter your home. Before winter sets in, make sure gutters, downpipes and grids are clear. Install a gutter guard to reduce clogging problems.
6. Check your walls
Inspect walls for any areas that may need rendering or pointing, and make repairs, if necessary. If you don’t, water may enter the joints and damage walls, especially if it freezes. Cracks and holes also allow air to enter your home, making it colder.
7. Inspect pipes
Check pipes inside and outside your home and consider insulating any that may be vulnerable to freezing during winter.
8. Increase security
It is common knowledge that burglaries often increase during winter, when the nights get darker and festive parties mean we are out and about more. Make sure your home is as secure as possible. Check security lights and alarm systems are working properly.
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