Every winter, the storms seem to get bigger and stronger. So, every year in the months before the winter, we will need to take extra steps to ensure that our house is ready. What you do depends on the type of winter that you expect. However, as the recent weather has shown us, we should expect the unexpected. Here are some of the ways you should think about preparing your house this winter.
Prepping the roof
During the winter, the roof is one of the places that is going to get the most of the weather. The summer months are a great time to make sure that your tiles and slates are secured properly so they don’t fly away in the next big storm. For this job, you might want to get a professional if you are not fond of heights or aren’t sure what you are looking for. A good roofing company can check out the roof and make any repairs quickly. While you are checking out the roof, you should clear out the gutters too to make sure that the rainwater has somewhere to go.
The insulation of your home is always worth checking on. If you need to, it can be easily upgraded to A+ Insulation before the weather turns. If you are concerned about the house becoming too warm in the summer, you don’t need to worry. Insulation can keep the heat out and cool during the summer. This is the same way it keeps the cold out and the heat in during the winter. If you are worried about your current insulation or have any questions, reach out to your local insulation expert who can answer your questions.
The windows of your home are the biggest issue when it comes to heat loss during the cold months. To replace all of the windows is costly and difficult, but if you want to do this you can. If a full refit isn’t on the cards what you can do is invest in some different blinds and curtains that will help to prevent the heat from escaping. One thing we will say is that people should use their curtains as a way of preventing heat loss and not just for decoration. Try and pick a style that can be easily adjusted and moved to make the most out of them. Also, be sure to check for any drafts and windows that don’t shut properly. These are easily fixed and can help keep your heat from your home on the inside .
The heating system
What type of heating system do you have? There is a good chance you have answered oil or gas. Both systems have their own pros and cons, but one thing they both have in common, they should be regularly serviced. Once a year is what most plumbers and engineers recommend, especially before the cold months come around. If it is normally when you need the heating that you realise there is an issue with it and it needs to be repaired. Don’t forget to include any chimneys in your heating system as these need swept out to stop them from getting too dirty. Although, be careful not to bring soot into the house as you are cleaning it and put plenty of sheets down.
On the back of the heating system point, now is a great time to stock up on your fuel for the winter. Check all of your gas bottles, fill up the oil tank, and grab a few bags or coal. Having this all on hand is a great idea, especially if you are expecting snow where you live. Make sure you have enough to see you through the winter to help prevent any hassle. If you run out of oil during a snowstorm, it will ot be pleasant.
This is a strange one, or maybe it isn’t. Whatever way you want to think of it, it is a good idea to get a good supply of blankets. The winter can be cold, and if you are curled up on the sofa, you will want a big blanket around you to help keep you toasty. There is a huge selection of blankets available, or you could try your hand at making your own. They can be great fun to make. There are loads of YouTube videos explaining how you knit and crochet. You could even upcycle some old clothes into a quilt if you are feeling brave.