Prepare your house for winter in four simple steps

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Prepare Your House For Winter In Four Simple Steps

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to prepare your house for winter. This might mean taking out emergency home cover with a reputable company, or it might mean carrying out a few basic repairs – so here are some tips to help you on your way.


Lag your Water Pipes

According to British Gas, it’s essential to lag your water pipes before the cold spell hits. This will keep your hot water warmer for longer and should significantly reduce your utility bills.  

Insulating materials can be bought from most DIY stores and usually cost around £15, so it’s well worth buying a roll or two. While we’re on the subject of plumbing, it’s advisable to keep your heating on low at this time of the year, as this will also keep your pipes from freezing.

Think about Wall Insulation

One of the best ways to keep your house warm and snug is to invest in wall insulation. This will lock hot air in and keep cold air out and is available for both cavity and solid walls. If you can’t afford to have this done right now, think about draught-proofing your home.

This is a cheap and cheerful alternative and will ensure heat does not escape unnecessarily. There are a range of draught-proof products available these days, so buy a key cover for the door, or an excluder for the letter box!

Arrange a Boiler Service

When was the last time your boiler was serviced? If you can’t remember, it’s essential to arrange boiler maintenance with a company like HomeServe. A Gas Safe Register approved engineer will visit you home and ensure everything’s working as it should.

If there’s a problem, they’ll fix it quickly and will make sure you house is adequately prepared for winter. Even if you have had your boiler serviced recently, there’s no harm in getting it checked again if you think something is wrong.

Dig out your Old Duvets

Last but not least, take the time to dig out your old covers and duvets. Give them all a good wash and have them fresh and ready for when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Being cold at night is far from pleasant, so it’s good to have a decent supply of covers for a nippy winter’s night. What’s more, you can even snuggle under them while watching the TV and this will stop you turning the heating up too high.

The nights are drawing in fast, so make some basic home-improvements today!


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