Even if you did manage to grab the latest designer coat at a bargain price, there’s a chance that you don’t want to wear it whilst indoors. You’re probably therefore looking for ideas in terms of what you can do to keep your home prepared, and warm, when the winter finally hits in full force. If you’ve not taken steps in the past to prepare for winter, you’re likely not sure where to begin. Nevermind though, as you’ll be able follow some fundamental guidelines, in order to ensure your home doesn’t fall victim to the mistakes that catch most people out.
Install Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With the winter approaching, there’s a chance you’ll be making use of the heating systems more often. Heating systems however bring with them risks, and so you need to make sure you’ve got smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. You’ll be able to source these from your local hardware store, and maybe even from the internet. If you’ve already got some, make sure they’re fully functioning, and not low on battery.
Check Windows For Cracks
Cracked windows can be a massive pain when it comes to keeping heat inside the house. In addition to this, a cracked window can become worse as the cold weather gets to it. Make sure you go through the effort necessary, in order to repair any damaged windows, thereby saving yourself from the hassles that could later happen.
Get Heating Maintenance
You don’t want to learn that your heating is failing, at the time when you need it most. Therefore be prepared, and make sure it works ahead of time. If you’ve got a maintenance contract with your gas company, they might be able to double check things over for you, so you don’t have to go around looking for someone who is unproven.
By insulating your home, you give yourself a chance to make the most out of any heat you do have inside your home. Having your house well insulated can be done in a variety of ways, one of which is to have cavity wall ties installed, to help prevent heat escaping to the outside world through your walls.
Protect the Pipes
A burst pipe can be a massive headache. It’s therefore key to ensure you’re doing everything you can to stop it from happening in the first place. It’s recommended that you make sure your taps are regularly turned on, in order to ensure water flows through them, and is prevented from being frozen inside.
In the event that your heating breaks down, or your pipes burst, make sure you have a back-up plan. This means you need to make sure you have the contact numbers of any plumbers you might need, as well as making sure they’ll be available should you need to call on them in an emergency.
The arrival of winter is something we can do nothing about. Nevermind though, as you can still protect your home when it does arrive. Do the basics, and you’ll be able to keep nice and warm this winter, even if the temperatures outside are sub-zero.