Top 5 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Summer flew by so quickly, and now the temperature is starting to drop; it's time to take the necessary steps towards prepping our homes for winter. We've put together some tips to ensure your home gets you through a cold winter.
Use timers on your heating
Setting your heating to come on at a lower temperature around 30 minutes before you get up or come home is cheaper than turning it on higher when you need it. Boilers heat up at a constant speed, whether you set your thermostat to 20°C or 30°C. Don't leave it on low all day when you're not in the house - there's no point paying for heat you don't need!
Ensure your pipes and water tank are appropriately lagged and insulated - this can help keep the water warmer for longer as it reduces the amount of heat escaping through any piping, as well as reducing the amount you are spending on energy bills.
Move your sofa
Did you know your sofa absorbs heat if it's near a radiator? Hot air can circulate more freely if it is moved away. Keep your curtains and drying clothes away from the radiator to get the most out of your heat source. Drying your clothes on an airing rail is a better option, so you don't lose heat, but your clothes will still dry.
Block out the draughts
Little DIY changes around the home can help keep it warmer. Draught excluders, thicker curtains and rubber seals for any cracks can help keep heat in your rooms and prevent any draughts from coming in. There are plenty of inexpensive draught preventers that are easy to install around your home.
Insulate your loft
If it's not already done, ensuring your loft is fully insulated is an excellent way to ensure your home stays warmer through winter. It can be a significant upfront cost, but it will save you more in the long run. You can keep the heat inside and the cold air out, and you'll have no drafts flying in.
Need to make a little extra space to fit insulation? Short-term storage is an affordable, one-price, all-inclusive way to give you extra room around your home this winter.