I know what you’re thinking BUT Before we know it, winter will soon be here, and because of that, we might need to start focusing a little attention on our homes. Winter brings with it darker nights and colder weather, and the likelihood is we will be hibernating indoors far more often. So how can you ensure that you keep your home running smoothly during the winter months ahead? With that question in mind, here are some suggestions.
Keep those water pipes protected
One of the first things you can do is keep your water pipes protected. The cold weather can often freeze the pipes, and it can cause problems when the temperature begins to warm up, and pipes can burst with the added pressure. But you can try and avoid it completely by protecting the pipes with an added layer of foam around the outside. This could keep the temperature a little warmer than the actual outside weather temperature and perhaps stop pipes freezing completely.
Look out for warning signs that the heating is on the blink
We all rely on our heating systems at this time of the year. It is crazy to even think that it could stop working when we need it the most. But alas, these things do happen, and more often than not, it will probably be the coldest day of the year. So a great tip is to look out for warning signs that things aren’t working correctly. Is the house getting as warmed up as quick as it should be? Is it retaining the temperature? Another thing to consider now would be to invest in another source of heating. Adding a fireplace to a living room that uses coal, which you can pick up premium house coal online. Or maybe adding a wood burning stove to a kitchen area. It gives you an alternative to heat water and keep your home warm should your central heating or boiler stop working.
Give those gutters a good clear out
The weather isn’t always ideal in winter. We see more rainy days and even ice and snow. So it is always going to be worth your time to prepare the exterior of your home for such weather conditions and your gutters could be a great place to start. In the winter leaves and debris can gather, and subsequently block your drainage. Which can cause all sorts of problems including flooding.
Give your radiators some TLC
If you find that your home isn’t warming up quickly enough, and your boiler seems to be working just fine, then the problem could be in your radiators. It is always advisable to give your radiators some love, especially during the winter months. Bleeding them, which basically means letting the air out of the system, will allow you radiators to heat up and get warm again.
Leave the cold outside the home
Finally, no one wants to feel the cold in their home, but if you do have draught spots then the chances are you feel them more at this time of the year. Why not make it your mission to cover up any holes or cracks where cold air can get in? A door sweep at the bottom of your front door. Extra sealant around windows. They can all help to keep the cold out and the warmth in.
Let’s hope these tips help you to keep your home running smoothly this winter. –But for now, enjoy the summer!