As the weather begins to change, those nights start drawing in and the winter wardrobe gets hauled down from the loft, there's another big question that we should all be asking - is my house ready for winter?
A good place to start is with a couple of quick checks you can do to see what type of shape your house is in for winter.
Does your boiler need servicing?
It makes sense to start with what you’re going to be relying on the most – your boiler. When was the last time it was serviced? If it’s been a while it may be worthwhile to get a registered plumber like ProTherm Plumbing & Heating Engineers out to check things out for you.
This is a legal requirement for landlords to do on a yearly basis, but is equally as important for all households, so if it’s been over a year since you had yours serviced, now may be the time to make the call.
Seal draughts to windows and doors
Have a think about where you’re starting to feel draughts that will only get worse when those winter winds start blowing. Check for cracks around window frames and door frames. (Old wooden doors are usually a serious culprit.) How about draughts from the floors, skirting boards? See where it’s coming from and then decide the best way to combat it. This will save you serious money over the course of the winter.
Bleed your radiators
With energy prices so high and only getting higher, it’s advisable to think about how to ensure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible. Bleeding your radiators is a good first step in ensuring this, although you could look at something like a powerflush to really improve your energy efficiency. Your qualified heating engineer will be able to do this for you.
Clean out your gutters
The leaves are starting to fall, and your gutters may be filled with debris from previous winters. If water can’t flow properly through your gutters, you run the risk of leaks, overspills, which can cause damp issues, or your gutters to rot and rust. It’s advised that your gutters should be cleared twice a year.
Insulate your loft
Un-insulated lofts can lose around a quarter of their heat via the roof. Although the costs can be expensive, it’s certainly a long term investment that’s worth serious consideration. The government has a number of grants available for certain homeowners which can cover anything from 50 to 100% of the insulation costs.