Feeling like you’re losing the war against Winter? Jack Frost has been particularly biting this year and a lot of homes are feeling the freeze. However, you don’t have to let winter win. Here are a few tips to keep your home healthy and safe until spring.
If you don’t want your home to be losing heat (and your energy bills to rise) constantly, then you need to make sure your home is the secure, cosy space that it should be. If you don’t have insulation, then look to see if the local council can provide it. Draught proof gaps around the windows and doors to make sure there are no air gaps. You may also want to consider insulating your hot water cylinder and pipes to make sure that they retain heat better (and that they don’t freeze).
If you haven’t done it once already, then you should consider getting a technician out to take a closer look at the heating systems of the home. Any little inefficiencies or problems can become a lot more severe if, like most, you are using the heating a lot more lately than you normally would. If you find your heating isn’t working as well as it used to, then it might be time to consider looking for a new boiler. If your radiator is cold in spots, then be sure to bleed them and see if that fixes them.
If your garden has a lot of greenery, such as bushes, trees, and hedges, then you should make sure to keep them trimmed before the cold sets in. Winter is a wet, windy season, and this can cause problems for people with an overgrown garden. Debris such as leaves, twigs, and the like can get swept up by gusts and they can end up on the roof. This can cause the roof to wear over time but, more worryingly, it can cause your gutters to become blocked, meaning that water can start to leak inside the home. Make sure you give your garden the fix it needs.
The air tends to get colder and to retain moisture a lot easier in the winter. Add to that the increased risk of rain and you can start to see some moisture problems such as damp and mould in the house when winter comes around. Besides fixing any leaks (and air leaks) in the home, keep an eye out for any signs of damp and start treating them immediately. Don’t dry out the home too much, however. Using a humidifier to keep it at no higher than 50% is ideal.
The next time winter rolls around, make sure that you’re ready. Have your home checked for air gaps and your heating inspected for issues before the season begins and you will have a much more comfortable time of things.