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Winter Proof Your Home With These Tips

When the leaves start to fall, you can be sure of a few things. Rain, leaves, mud and eventually frost and snow. And while they look lovely while sitting with a warm mug of hot chocolate in your hand, they are wreaking havoc on the outside of your home. And the problem is many people don’t start with taking care of the outside of their house until something has already happened. 

Making your home winter proof  is something that you can do before the end of summer. 

Seal Gaps

Over time cracks and gaps appear in the sealant around windows and doors. And by the time those frosty mornings arrive, there will be quite the draft getting in. You can either get insulation strips, use pieces of blanket, or fill the gap with sealant. Not only will it let cold air in, but it will allow hot air out. Which will lead to an expensive heating bill.

Walls & Loft

Energy experts state that approximately half the heat in a typical home will be lost through the walls and loft. Many councils have schemes running with local companies to get them insulated ahead of winter. It is worth doing some research into what you might be able to apply for and getting it done asap. 

Curtains

There is a reason most older people have a curtain across their doors. They soak up a lot of drafts. If you have curtains up, but they aren’t lined, or a very thin then you should swap them out for something that will serve a purpose. You can either line the curtains that you currently use, or purchase new ones. This is an even more important tip if your house doesn’t have double-glazing. 

Damp

The mix of having the heating on and the cold weather means damp can run rampant. And once it takes hold it can cause damage to your property and have a range of health implications too. Timberwise is your best bet for damp preventing and treating a variety of issues. The quicker any damp is dealt with, the better. Ensuring their is no damp in the home is a great way to winter proof the home. 

Gutters

Make sure that your gutters are cleared out regularly. Leaves and other debris can clog up the pipes, and the overflowing water will begin to run down different areas of the brickwork. Combine that with freezing temperatures, and you’re going to see cracked pipes too. If you are comfortable getting on a ladder and doing this yourself, then you should hire a company to take care of it every few weeks. 

Insurance

Take a look at your insurance documents and make sure that if you have any issues that are weather-related over the winter that you are covered. Not all policies have things like winter emergencies, and if you find you don’t, it might be time to switch. 

Floor

Your floor can surprisingly let a lot of cold into the house. The best way to solve this is underfloor heating. The next best way is to make sure that the skirting boards are all well fixed, and get a few rugs to soak up any extra cold working its way through the floor. 

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