We’re well into autumn now, and that means it won’t be long before winter is upon us. Now is the perfect time of the year to start getting your home prepared for winter, and here’s how you can do it.
Check Your Insurance Policy
There are lots of things that can go wrong and have an adverse effect on your home during the winter months. But, the question is, does your home insurance policy cover you in the event of those kinds of incidents? If, once you’ve checked your policy, the answer to that question is no, you should think about switching your policy. There’s no point in paying your premiums if you’re not adequately protected against things like leaky roofs and other problems that are common during winter. Get your money’s worth and find a new insurance company.
Get Your Heating System Assessed
A heating system that’s seen better days and isn’t as efficient as it used to be could cost you a lot of money in the winter months. You should call out an expert to assess it. They might be able to make some changes to it to make it more efficient and save you money in the long-term. And if there are any existing problems with the system, it’s a good idea to get them seen to before winter starts to bite. Find a furnace repair service and get those problems fixed. The last thing you need during the winter is a broken heating system.
Check Your Energy Rate
If your energy provider is charging you a huge amount of money, it’s best to change your provider quickly. Obviously, you’ll be using more energy in the winter than in all the other seasons of the year. So, if you have a bad deal, you could pay a huge price to heat your home during the winter. To find out what other offers are out there, log onto a comparison website and enter your details. It’ll then tell you what the best deals are. If you could be making a saving by switching, go ahead and switch.
Bleed the Radiators
Radiators need to be bled at some point, and what better time to do the job than before winter gets here? You don’t want to be messing around bleeding the radiator when it’s freezing, and you’re desperate for some warmth. This is especially necessary if you’re starting to notice that your radiators are colder at the top than at the bottom. All you need to do is use a radiator key to twist the nut at the top of the radiator and place a bucket underneath, releasing air from the radiator.
Make Sure the Home is Insulated
A huge percentage of the heat you generate in your home is lost through the roof and walls. This problem could be averted if you install new insulation. Loft insulation and cavity wall insulation is a must if you want to be more energy-efficient and keep your home as warm as possible during the winter. There are lots of grants and schemes that make the process of installing insulation more affordable too. You should also think about insulating your pipes to stop them from freezing when it gets cold.