Is your home cold and damp in the winter? Check out our top 10 winter home improvements every homeowner should consider.
- Upgrade your guttering, fascia and soffits
- Upgrade to double glazed windows
- Consider triple glazed windows
- Invest in a composite door
- Book a boiler check
- Insulate your home
- Consider switching energy suppliers
- Trim your hedges and trees
- Buy home insurance
- Stock up on your favourite beverages
If you are encountering water leaks from your guttering, fascia or soffits, you could have a problem with your roofline and may need to invest in new roof trim.
By replacing your guttering, fascia and soffits it can make your home waterproof, limiting the chances of water ingress, damp and condensation.
By upgrading your existing double glazed windows, you can reduce your household bills, reduce carbon footprint and make your home warmer, comfortable and appealing.
Triple glazed windows work by using the space between three sheets of glass to trap warm air and stop it from escaping quickly from your home.
The benefits of triple glazed windows can help to reduce the energy consumption of your home. The major difference between triple glazed and double glazed windows is the reduction of unwanted noise and sound.
Your front and back door can be a major source of heat loss, but by upgrading to composite doors you will be getting an up-to-date new door which will reduce heat escaping from your home – resulting in warmer and more relaxing surroundings!
In addition to the above points, it is also advisable to get your boiler and heating system checked and serviced by qualified professionals. Service your boiler and heating at least once a year, because a poorly maintained boiler wastes more energy and costs more in the long term, and it also runs the risk of leaking carbon monoxide.
Another element to consider in the lead up to the winter months is to get your loft and/or wall cavity insulated. About a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so having good loft and wall cavity insulation could keep the house warm with less energy used – resulting in a reduction in your monthly energy bills!
To ensure you are on the correct price plan and ultimately paying the right price for your consumption of energy per month, it is recommended to shop around for the best deals. There are a number of price comparison websites where you can compare the best prices for you.
The most common cause of pipes getting blocked is due to overgrown trees and hedges. Fallen debris from trees and hedges can clog up pipes, meaning water cannot flow through easily – resulting in likelihood of flooding. Due to this it may be beneficial to consider trimming or cutting overgrown trees and hedges.
As we are not able to foresee what may happen in the future, we can safeguard our homes and personal belongings in the event of adverse weather conditions, like flooding. It is recommended to shop around for the best home insurance deals before buying.
It’s not just your home that need a looking after – you need to be able to look after yourself this winter. Why not stock up on hot chocolate and your favourite beverages so you can snuggle up on the sofa in front of the fire on those cold winter nights?