Winter is on the way and getting ready for those cold months and the dreadful weather ahead means more than just digging out your gloves and hat. There are a lot of tasks to take care of before we can snuggle down in front of the TV with a box set or two and wait for it all to blow over. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a DIY expert to get everything done.
If you’re thinking of preparing your home for the fast approaching winter weather, then take a look at the tips below.
Get your winter fuel sorted
If you have a log burning stove then make sure you have enough logs and kindling to last through the winter months and into the new year. For an oil boiler then get in touch with emo.ie for the best deals on oil and to arrange a delivery in good time. If you have a plain and simple domestic boiler, then now is the time to get in touch with your energy provider and get it serviced! The last thing you want is a broken boiler when the temperature starts to drop.
Check your gutters and drains
Gutters and drains can get clogged with leaves and debris. We’ve had ours unclogged quite a lot recently! Now is the time to put up a ladder, get yourself up there and make sure that yours a clear of any obstructions. This might seem like a laborious task, and no one wants to pick soggy leaves out of a drain or gutter on a cold Saturday afternoon. But if you want to avoid water damage to your property then I suggest you do this pronto.
Bleed your radiators
Do your radiators feel cold at the top but warm at the bottom? If so, they’ll probably have trapped air inside and they’ll need bleeding. Bleeding the radiators releases the air and allows the heat in them to circulate properly. Time to grab a towel and that radiator key!
Check the house for draughts
Damaged window frames, key holes, the letter box, the gap under the door. What do all these things have in common? They let in a draught! Locating all the draughts in your home and covering them up or blocking them means you won’t be tempted to turn the thermostat up when you feel a cold draught around your ankles. Get yourself a draught excluder or make your own and get some insulation tape for all those other gaps.
Call your energy supplier
Unsure of what tariff you’re on? Or perhaps you’ve already made lots of effort to keep your house warm, it’s not working but your energy bills are still sky high. If this sounds like you then get your energy supplier on the phone and see if they can offer you a cheaper tariff. Or go online and use a comparison site to see which supplier is better suited to your household. Saving yourself a little money now will give your bank balance a little boost before Christmas comes along!
* Collaborative post