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As the nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, it is evident that summer is long gone. Fall is here and with that comes a whole host of concerns and chores when it comes to your home. It’s important that we get ourselves and our properties ready for the inevitable colder months ahead. Winter won’t be far away. However, with the distractions of the festive season, it’s vital to make those considerations sooner rather than later. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can begin to prepare your home for winter right now.
Ensure Any Heating Systems Are Working
When the outside gets colder it’s inevitable that you will turn to your heating sources to keep your home warm on the inside. That might be a central heating system powered by gas, a wood burner which needs firewood, or even electrical heaters. Right now those systems may not have been used for several months. So power them up and ensure everything works properly. You may want to check out places that have firewood for sale to keep a good stock over the winter months.
Clear Out Your Gutters
During the fall the leaves fall from the trees and can often gather in your gutters. However, as the weather changes over the next few weeks and months you are likely to witness more rainfall or water retention in your gutters. If they are blocked up by leaves they won’t be able to do their job sufficiently. While it’s never an easy task, ensure your gutters are cleared in preparation for the winter months. The last thing you want is a water blockage.
Protect Any Exposed Pipework
We have pipework leaving our homes for several things. But these pipes are exposed to the elements of the weather. Cold, wet, even ice and snow. What happens to some pipes is that they can freeze during the colder spells, however, once they start to thaw it can cause some pipes to burst. Creating a whole heap of other issues. A great tip is to protect exposed pipework with foam or a protective layer, allowing the pipes to stay that few degrees warmer and avoid freezing.
Check Out the Insulation in Your Home
It’s all well and good heating your home, but if it escapes through your walls and roof then it defeats the object and could cost you quite a bit. Insulation is quite an easy fix, so ensure that all walls and roof space have sufficient insulation to keep the heat inside your home.
Make Sure Your Home is Energy Efficient
Having an energy efficient home may sound costly in the beginning, but there are some things you can do that will be a worthwhile investment. The walls aren’t the only place your home can lose heat, it can escape through windows too. So it might be worth investing in some new energy efficient windows. While it may be a cost now, it could save you quite a bit on your energy bills. You may also want to consider your own choices when it comes to heating your home. Instead of cranking up the heat try and keep the thermostat at a steady temperature. Or even layer up with clothes and blankets to avoid high heating costs.
I hope these tips help you prepare your home for winter.