We all think we’re ready for winter and we think we have time to prepare. After Halloween, we assume there’s a nice little lull through autumn before we have to prepare for that season of chills. This is, of course, complete nonsense. There’s no lull and if you don’t believe me, just go outside. You can see your breath people, winter isn’t coming, it’s here! Some people think it means it’s time to start Christmas shopping, planning the buying budget and more importantly getting the home ready. Don’t get caught out again. Now you can use this rather brilliant guide to get ahead of the game. Let’s prepare your home for the snowy season.
Heating Working…? Check!
I mean that literally too. You need to make sure that you’re heating is working before winter begins. You might think, of course, it’s working. I think I’d notice if the radiator wasn’t turning on, thank you very much!
True, but you may not realise if your boiler is heading towards a breakdown. The only way to check for this is to call in an expert. They can have a look at your heating and make sure there’s nothing that will cause a headache in a few weeks. You’d be surprised how long a heating system can take to slowly pack in. The good news is if you catch it early, you can cut the cost of repair right down. This site theearthheating.com has got brilliant tips on how to know if your boiler is heading for a break down.
Insulation Initiated…? Check!
If you stand by your window or door and feel a slight breeze, I guarantee you that they are no longer insulated. You’ll often find this when you move into a new home. If you haven’t completed a survey, it can be a nice surprise that the previous owners haven’t bothered to repair windows with broken seals. Bad news right? If that’s the case, you may want to think about upgrading your windows. You can do this, by having a look at a site like doubleglazingprices.org.uk. Here, you can check prices and find the best double glazing service for you. You might even want to opt for triple!
Power Backup…? Check!
I don’t know if you remember, but last winter quite a few people were left without power on Christmas day. This is some people’s worst nightmare. Imagine not being able to cook the turkey or watch movies with the family. Although, I think it might be quite fun sitting round in candle light eating chocolates. That’s why I’ve looked into a few different backup power options. Either, you can get a full battery backup power system for your home or invest in little fixes. A full battery power backup is undeniably expensive, but it might be worth it. Particularly, if like me, you are paranoid about losing your electric for a few days.
No Leaks…? Check!
Apart from the ongoing flat roof saga, we don’t seem to have any other leaks. However, it’s worth doing a check before it gets too wintery. That’s to make sure that there are no leaks that will cause havoc through the winter season. Leaks are bad in the middle of summer, but in winter they become an absolute nightmare. Mainly because there’s no one around to repair them. If you think there’s a leak in your home, take my advice and get it fixed right now. You might even find you can DIY using a site such as 247homerescue.co.uk.