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Getting Your Home Ready For Winter – 5 Quick Checks

by Patrick Blair on October 18, 2011

Boy did the weather change over the last 7 days. I remember thinking the news had it wrong when they said snow was on its way while we were basking in 80 degree weather last week. But, it looks like they are right, and the cold snap has really started to kick in over the last few days.

get ready for winterWe’d planned to run a series of posts about getting your property ready for winter, but we didn’t expect to be posting it quite so early. Seeing as winter is already here, we better get started. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting a number of posts about how to get your house ready for winter, how to reduce your winter heating bills, and ensure your boilers and heating is working exactly as it should be. As usual it’ll be in our simple to follow “how to” guides.

Today, we’re going to start things off 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 a service?

First things first, lets 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 out to check things out for you. This is a legal requirement for landlords to do on a yearly basis, so if it’s been over a year since you had yours serviced, now may be the time to make the call. We’re currently offering special discounts on our boiler servicing in London.

Seal draughts to windows and doors

Have a think about where you’re starting to feel draughts. Considering the current temperature this should be pretty easy to do. 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, 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.

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 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.

If you’re looking for more information, or would like us to come over and give you a free quote on how you can get your house ready for winter, call us today and we’ll arrange for one of our plumbers in London to come straight out to you.

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