Guest Post: 6 tips for preparing your house for winter
With a very rainy summer all but behind us, it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the colder months. With continuing price rises for gas and electricity, you should be looking at the best ways of keeping their homes as warm as possible for the best price – and not leaving it till Jack Frost is tapping at the window.
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Here are some tips for approaching winter with your best, boot-clad foot forward:
1) Get your central heating serviced.
There is nothing worse than having a breakdown in the middle of the busy season – no-one wants to be boiling kettles for the bath when it’s zero degrees outside.
2) Get insulation
Insulating your roof and/or wall cavities is an environmentally friendly way of keeping heat in during winter (and keeping it out in the summer). While there’s a sizeable outlay to begin with, there are different government initiatives which assist with the upfront cost of insulation, so do your research to find out if you’re eligible. You will make back the cost in your reduced heating bills – which can be a saving of up to £100 per year, depending on your heating requirements.
3) Install double-glazed windows
As with insulation, double glazing can cost a lot initially, but having well-sealed windows is another green way to keep out an unwelcome north wind. While you’re focussing on windows, make sure you have good heavy curtains and a draught excluder for the door.
4) Be prepared for damp
Beware of trapping moisture inside the house – mould can creep up on you when you least expect, especially during winter when there is less ventilation. Make sure your extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen are in working order, avoid drying towels and wet clothes on radiators, and buy a good dehumidifier.
5) Stock up on essentials
In the event of being snowed-in or roadblocks, it’s a good idea to have some tinned items, such as fruit, vegetables, sauces, soups, curries and fish, and long-life foods like flour, sugar, UHT milk, noodles, rice and pasta.
6) Get blackout ready
In the event of a blackout, be ready with a good torch or lamp, candles and back-up batteries. You might even consider getting a wind-up mobile phone charger or a generator, if your area is particularly prone to power cuts.
And then, after all that you’re prepared for the weather, you will probably also have to find time to prepare for that other thing – the festive season!
Author: Vivienne Egan is a blogger and writer for Thomson Local.