Time To Get Toasty: 10 Ways to Winter Proof Your Home for the Festive Season.Published on 2nd December 2014
It’s taken a little while to get here, but there’s little denying that winter is on the way. We’ve had a couple of frosty mornings and there have even been rumours of snow, so it’s time to rug up and prepare for the cold months to come.
Apropos’ Top 10 Ways to Winter-proof Your Home.
- Mind the gaps – Put an end to winter draughts by sealing up gaps in your walls, floors and foundations. In a typical home, 15% of the heat is lost through the floor, so checking your skirting boards can make a real difference.
- Insulate – Roughly half of heat loss in a typical home is through the walls and loft. Insulation however, doesn’t just reduce draughts and cut down heating costs, but it also helps reduce external noises, giving you a better night’s sleep.
- Upgrade doors and windows – It may be a little late to make a difference to this winter, but if you notice heat escaping, take action now to ensure that it’s not an ongoing problem. By replacing old glazing with Apropos energy efficient doors and windows, you could save literally hundreds of pounds on your fuel bills every year, not just trapping heat in during the winter, but keeping it out throughout the summer.
- Service your boiler – An inefficient boiler can double, or even treble your energy bills. Installing a new system can be expensive, but it will pay for itself in a very short time. Also insulate your water tank, bleed your radiators and programme your thermostat correctly.
- Clear gutters and drains – Overflowing gutters can drench walls and cause a huge amount of damage, and after last winter none of us need reminding about the perils of flooding. Flooding isn’t just caused by extreme weather however; a simple blocked drain can have devastating results.
- Chimney care – If you have an open fire, call in a chimney sweep before you light it this season. Chimney fires are one of the most common reasons for winter 999 calls. If you don’t use your fire, purchase a chimney pillow to block draughts.
- External paving – Make sure that your external paving is clear and well drained. In very cold weather collected water will freeze, creating a real slip hazard.
- Stop the slush – Invest in a couple of decent doormats and a stand to place mucky boots. As well as protecting the carpets and stopping the damp from warping your floorboards (this is particularly relevant to laminate floors), keeping the damp outside can help prevent mould, reducing the risk of allergies and bronchial problems.
- Protect your plants – If you don’t have a cold frame, bring all tender plants indoors. If they’re too big to move, purchase some fleece and carefully wrap them, then mulch well.
- Break out the blankets – Throws, cushions and all things cosy can make a real impact on the feel of a room and help to reduce your energy consumption. These slight additions to your décor can also help cheer up a home on a gloomy winter day.