Thursday, October 13, 2022

Prepping Your Home for Winter


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Before winter comes along, there are a few things that it is sensible to do around the home to prepare for the coming season. These things will help you stay comfy stay safe, and save money, so what are you waiting for?

Check the roof

Before winter hits with rain and wind and snowy conditions, it is a good idea to check that your roof is in good condition. Roofers will tell you that even one loose roof tile can cause problems in winter, letting in leaks or blowing off and hurting someone. So, get up there and check all is well, and if it isn’t, get the roof patched up before winter hits.

Replace old weatherstripping

If the weatherstripping around your doors and windows is loose or broken, then replacing it before winter is a good idea. Not only will it help to keep your home warmer, but it will also save you money on the cost of heating your home too. Fewer drafts make for smaller heating bills - it really is that simple.

Test the heating system

Test it before winter, so that if there is a problem with your furnace or your HVAC or whatever, you can have it fixed, There’s nothing worse than going to switch the heating on when the first cold day hits, only to find it is broken and you will have to suffer the cold!

Clear the guttering

Fall can cause your gutters to be clogged due to falling leaves and other debris, but you really do need to get up there and clean them out before winter comes along because, if they are too full of debris, they will not be able to do their hob and redirect water away from your house, which could lead to flooding, leaks and mold developing in your home, which is the last thing you need!

Insulate the pipes

Insulating your pipes with special foam or wool is a good way of ensuring that they do not burst when the temperature drops below freezing - something which can be expensive to put right, and which could leave your home at risk of flooding too.

Create an emergency kit

Accidents are often more likely to happen in winter due to it being darker and because issues like ice can be a fall risk. Not only that, but storms and heavy rains are more likely to cause power cuts too. So, before winter,m it is a good idea to put together an emergency kit containing basic first aid supplies, candles, solar chargers and anything else you would need to get by in an emergency.

Switch to winter warmers

Switching from light summer bedsheets and clothing to thicker, warmer ones before winter hits, will mean that you and your family can stay cozy, and save on the cost of heating your home too because, the warmer the fabrics are, the lower the temperature the thermostat will indeed to be in most cases.

When it comes to winter, as a homeowner, it is always better to be prepared.

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