While there is a lot to like and enjoy about winter, challenging weather conditions pose problems. Whether you are a homeowner, owner-occupier or even a landlord, it is imperative you winter proof your property. It is far better to be proactive than reactive in dealing with problems at your rental property, and we are pleased to say we can offer tips and guidance on winter proofing your property.
Review your heating system
If there isn’t an immediate problem with your heating system, you will naturally think everything is in good working order. This may not be the case. Also, if a problem arises with your heating system, you need to respond quickly, or it could cause significant problems in the home…
A home with a broken boiler is often miserable, but in winter, it can be damaging to your health. If you need to replace or repair a boiler urgently, it will often cost a lot of money. Therefore, it is far better to be proactive, and call out an engineer to review your heating system and boiler in advance of the harshest weather conditions.
If there are no problems, you can feel confident about your boiler and heating system this winter. If there is an issue, it is best to have it resolved sooner rather than later. Also, being proactive may help you save money, so it is always worthwhile calling out an expert for guidance and support.
Insulate your home where you can
An insulated home brings benefits all year round, but it is essential in winter. In summer, an insulated property remains cool, but in winter, your home will retain heat. This ensures you stay warm and comfortable, and it helps to lower your energy bills. If you are concerned about the cost of heating your home this winter, be proactive and improve the insulation at your home.
Steps to consider include:
- Adding or upgrading your loft insulation
- Add or upgrade your cavity wall insulation
- Review door and window frames, and if there are gaps, fill them
- Fill gaps in your floor and skirting boards
If you follow these steps, you will improve your home and its Energy Performance Certificate, EPC, rating. If you plan on selling or letting your home, you need to have an EPC in place, so it makes sense to make positive changes around your home.
Clear your drains and guttering
Not many people like the idea of cleaning their drains and guttering, but it is an essential task of caring for your home this winter. When your drain or gutters are blocked, water will take a different path. This enhances the chances of water making its way into your home, and this can cause significant problems. The risk of flooding is higher in winter, and it can cause huge damage to a property. Therefore, it is worth your while clearing drains and gutters.
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