Days are shorter, temps have dropped--yup--winter is here. For some of us, this is the best time of year: many folks love nothing more than spending time outdoors enjoying winter activities, then coming inside to hunker down with a hot drink and a good movie or book. But in order to do this, we need to make sure that our homes are up to scratch. That is, we need to ensure that we've taken the steps to create the perfect cosy living environment by doing all we can to prepare our homes for harsh winter weather.
Taking Care of Your Home This Winter
Start out by looking into whether your home needs any work or repairs carried out on it, inside and out. All too often, our homes will have minor fixes that we either don't see or we just choose to ignore rather than addressing them immediately. The issue with this is that a small repair can, in time, turn into a large, costly repair. For example, a small crack or hole in the roof may be easy to ignore during the summer months, but when it starts to rain or snow heavily, the hole can worsen, and you may be faced with roofing, plumbing AND electrical repairs. Whatever repairs you do need carried out, make sure to contact the relevant professionals and get them resolved as soon as possible. Now is a good time to check your boiler too. Finding necessary boiler parts sooner rather than later can prevent a future catastrophe.
Double Glazed Windows
Glass is well known for being a poor insulator. But all of our homes have a fair amount of glass in their windows. When you’re paying a small fortune to heat your home, you don’t want to let all that heat escape through old, drafty windows. As more and more of us are investing in properties with larger windows and glass doors, it really is important that you make sure that all glass elements in your home are double glazed. If you’re in a new house, chances are your windows are already energy-efficient. But if you live in an older property, it’s a good idea to have a professional check your windows and make recommendations. Double or even triple glazing can really help to keep the heat in and the cold out. For more information, contact your energy provider--many will provide an energy audit free of charge.
Do you know of anyone who is elderly or otherwise vulnerable during the winter months? Check out this infographic from St. Elizabeth Healthcare on what preparations to make at home for staying safe during winter: