How To Prepare Your Home For Winter

28/09/2017 /
by
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Preparing Your Home For Winter

It's inevitable within the UK, that winter will bring cold and sometimes harsh weather conditions. Not only can snowfall, strong winds and excessive rainfall cause inconvenience in our day to day lives, but it can result in detrimental consequences for our home. Don’t be alarmed, as our article will give you some top tips for preparing your home for winter before the storm hits, whether it be as simple as changing your duvet to a higher tog for the winter or more importantly upgrading your home heating!

In previous years November has been seen to be the month with the most dramatic drop in temperatures and changes in weather conditions so be sure to get started on your winter preparations for your home whilst there's still time.

Home Insurance

You might think it goes without saying, but always check your home insurance to see if you're covered for any winter damage that may occur to your home. This can be especially beneficial to those who live in flood warning zones or rural areas where weather conditions can be more adverse. If you see you’re not covered on your current home insurance, don’t be afraid to shop around on comparison sites for the best deal perfect for you.

Heating

Although your heating system may become immaterial during the warm temperatures of the summer months, it can be favourable to do any maintenance checks during this time. This way, you can avoid any unexpected faults when the time comes to put the heating on, and bypass the conventional busy waiting times for winter repairs.

Now is also one of the best times of year to replace any old inadequate heating systems - It’s no secret that we all try and postpone turning to the heating, and instead nest in jumpers, dressing gowns and duvets, all to delay the dreaded energy bills piling up. However, replacing your system altogether can actually help keep your bills as low as possible in the long run.

Opting for energy efficient electric radiators not only reduces bills but also offers the latest technology to bring you things such as; a programmable thermostat which aims at keeping temperatures within your home consistent, motion sensors to detect if your heating is on but you are not home and flexibility to be able to program each room independently of one another - all great money saving tools!

Again, comparison sites are a great way to compare energy prices in order to see if you can find a better tariff with another energy supplier and further cut down those costs!

Insulation

At least a quarter of heated air can be leaked through gaps across the home, whether they be in walls, pipes or roofing, leading to an increase in energy bills. The “Energy Saving Trust” estimates an average annual saving on energy bills of £250 with the assistance of insulation.

There are copious amounts of insulation types available, ranging from window and door seals to the more typical attic and basement insulation so it is important you evaluate which type would benefit your home the most.

Inspect inside your home to see if there are any signs of gaps, specifically around windows and doors, which could be letting in a draught (tip: hold a lit candle against closed doors and windows, if the flame blows back towards you, this could indicate a gap). If detected, use foam or felt weatherstripping to fill the cavity, which is easily affordable and available at general homeware stores.

Pipes can benefit from their own type of insulation, to retain heat, known as “lagging”. This can also protect your pipes from further damage due to rapid freezing and thawing during winter.

The most common type of insulation is used in attics and basements to prevent heat escaping. It should always have at least a 270mm thickness for the most desirable effect. Due to the higher complexity of installing roof insulation, it is always recommended to hire a professional. Although more costly, you can be sure of accuracy and guarantee durability.

The cost will vary depending on the insulation type, labour costs and size of space being fitted, but in time you will benefit from the positive impact it reflects in your energy bills. In some circumstances, if you meet the specified criteria, a grant may be awarded from the government called the “Energy Company Obligation”, to assist in cost of installation.

Roof

In safe and better suited weather circumstances, like during summertime, repair any present roof damage such as loose tiles. Whilst having access to the roof, it would be an appropriate time to clear the gutters, to avoid blockages of leaves and debris in the event of severe rain. Remove any dangerous trees and/or protruding branches that are likely to cause damage to the house in harsher weather. If you’re prone to snow, it could be favourable to hire a professional to examine your roof and assess if it can sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.

Although it may seem daunting to think about winter with it being so early in the year, huge amounts of time and money can be saved in being proactive and tackling any issues in advance. If you need help or advice implementing a cost-efficient electric heating system to ensure your home stays warm and cosy just in time for the colder weather, contact our friendly team today!