It seems we’ve all been lulled into a false sense of security this year, as we’ve had such a long glorious summer and a bright, pleasant autumn. Most of us have only just turned on the heating and got our winter coats out of the storage boxes. However, with Christmas looming nobody can dispute that winter has officially begun, which means it’s time to make sure our houses are in tip-top condition to keep out the cold winds and, more importantly, provide you and your family with a safe, warm home.
1. Make sure your house is well insulated
Not only will a properly insulated house keep you warmer, but it will also save you money on your energy bills. Most of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so make sure your loft is padded out sufficiently to trap in the warm air.
Typically, you can save at least £145 per year on your energy bills by having insulation installed, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
2. Get your boiler checked
The last thing you want to contend with over winter is no central heating, so before you get into full Christmas mode get your boiler serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You may also want to consider taking out boiler cover if you don’t already have it, just in case.
3. Clear the gutters and drains
A job we don’t think about doing, nor do we want to be doing on our weekends, but an essential one if you want to prevent leaks into your house. During the winter drains can burst and cause leaks through the roof and into walls of your property. Therefore, make sure all the debris including leaves and mud is removed from drains to prevent any blockages, so the water can flow freely away from your home.
4. Maintain your chimney
If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful open fire remember to have it swept at least once a year. The chimney sweep should also carry out any maintenance and repair work whilst they are there, so you can have peace of mind every time you light the fire. Remember, chimney fires can cause severe damage to a property and would be hugely expensive to repair in such an unfortunate event, so always ensure you have them cleaned and checked out.
5. Bleed your radiators
Trapped air inside radiators will stop heat from circulating properly, meaning you will still be paying your heating bill but not getting warm! You can tell if your radiator needs bleeding if it is colder at the top than it is at the bottom. If you need some guidance, watch this step by step tutorial on how to bleed your radiator.
These are our five essential steps for making sure your home is warm and cosy in time for Christmas. If you live in an older house however you may want to undergo a few more checks such as inspecting all your windows and doors for leaks and to make sure they are properly sealed. You may also need to book a roof inspection if you haven’t inspected it in a while, as you may have some loose or damaged tiles.
How we can help
If you are looking for boiler and heating services in Essex and Suffolk, our Gas Safe accredited team of engineers can help with anything from boiler breakdown or service to the installation of a brand-new central heating system. In addition to this John O Connell also specialise in building refurbishment and property maintenance. For more information on all our services click here.
Come January and you feel like your house needs a little more TLC than a new boiler, than why not consider some home renovation to ensure your home is winter proofed for years to come, add value to your property and make you fall in love with your house all over again.