Three Ways to Get your Home Ready for the Oncoming Winter
Winter is on the way and that means that we will probably be spending a lot more time at home trying to keep warm! At this time of year, it is lovely to make our homes a haven, a retreat from the storms and gales that are going on outside and a place that we can relax and feel cosy and safe. Preparing the home for the winter is important – the more that you look after the house the more that it will look after you. Here are some of the things that you can do now to have your home ready to be your safe haven and shelter from the winter storms…
Get the Heating Ready – If you haven’t used your central heating much for a few months then it may have a problem that you are unaware of. Before it gets too cold, get a professional heating engineer to give your heating a check. You could also check the pipes as well as the radiators, which may need bleeding – you can do this yourself, there are lots of instructional videos online to help you with this if it is not something that you have done before. If you have a room in the home like a conservatory that gets cold in the winter, think of other ways to heat it so you can carry on enjoying it at this time of year – something like this underfloor heating Gloucester from parsonsflooring.com is ideal for a conservatory.
Check the Drainage – There are lots of problems with drainage at this time of year, thanks to the wet weather combined with the falling leaves which can quickly block gutters and drains. Now is the time to do a thorough inspection of the gutters around your home as well as the drains – if you see that they are blocked, then clear them out or have someone come to do it as soon as possible – the longer you leave it the more damage is likely to occur and the bigger the problem will become. Drainage problems cause flooding as well as being unhygienic.
Focus on Security – In the winter the temptation of expensive Christmas gifts, combined with the longer hours of darkness mean that burglars are more likely to strike. Make sure that you have good security to help to prevent this. Lighting around the outside of the home is a good deterrent to burglars, as are spiky plants growing around the perimeter. If you don’t have one already, consider having a burglar alarm and CCTV fitted – visible alarm systems and security cameras are a strong deterrent to burglars who want to get in and out without being seen. Check that any outbuildings are secure too, and that the locks on your doors and windows are all working well – if not, get them replaced now.