It’s almost Christmas, which means that you’re probably planning how to spend time at home with your friends and family over the festive period. Maybe you’ve got parties planned, or you’re just intending to have a quiet Christmas at home with your closest family members. No matter what you want to do, it’s absolutely crucial to ensure that you’ve winter proofed your home so that you can relax and really enjoy Christmas. Here are some tips on how to do that…
Check Your Guttering And Pipes
Now fall is over, all the leaves will have fallen from the trees, which means that you should check that your gutters aren’t clogged up. It’s a good idea to hire someone to do that for you, because it can be wobbly and precarious to stand up on a ladder! Remember that this is an important task. If your gutters are broken or cracked, it could cause a leak into your home, and water damage is both costly and difficult to repair, particularly over the festive period. Make sure that your pipes are well insulated, so your water doesn’t freeze.
Insulate Your Home
If you don’t have good insulation in your home, it’s both extremely expensive and very hard to keep your house warm. Make sure that your roof is insulated with a material like aerolite so warm air doesn’t escape through it, and ensure that your walls are also packed tightly with wadding. You should put down rugs and carpets on your floods because otherwise heat can flood out through the ground, and if you can’t invest in double glazing then make sure you keep your curtains open during the day to let in sunlight and closed at night to keep the heat in.
Get Your Boiler Serviced
Ensure that you get your boiler serviced every year. Being without hot water and central heating would be a pain in the summer, but during the winter it would be extremely difficult – you might even have to go and stay with friends or in a hotel. Make sure that you get your boiler checked regularly to make sure this doesn’t happen, and read the boiler instructions so you know what to do if something does go wrong.
Check Your Roof
If you have any cracked or missing slates on your roof, then now is the time to get them fixed! A leak springing in your attic could prove to be catastrophic, particularly over the Christmas period – and it could also be very expensive to fix, which isn’t ideal this time of year when your outgoings are likely to be more than usual anyway! With the increased snow and rain in the winter it’s important to make sure your roof is in top condition.
Check Your Windows And Doors
Hold a candle up to your windows and doors to see if the flame flickers. If so, it’s time to seal up some cracks or invest in a draught excluder. Your windows and doors being in good condition will also help to protect your home from any intruders.