How To Weather Proof Your Home This Winter
Even the world’s best mind reader would struggle to foresee what the weather will do over winter such is the unpredictability of the UK climate. It’s probably best not to be side-tracked by research conducted by the World Meteorological Organization that uncovered that 2017 is set to be one of the top three warmest years ever recorded as winter almost always bites in the UK and your home needs to be prepared for what may come.
We spend a lot more of our spare time at home in winter because of occasions like Christmas and New Year and no-one wants to live in a freezing cold house.
Kill the cold with our top 3 home insulation hints:
- Get a boiler service and replace it if necessary
Car drivers are well accustomed to taking their wheels to the local garage each year for its annual MOT, but homeowners seem less inclined to get their boiler serviced annually. It makes absolute sense to have it serviced well in advance of winter so that it doesn’t break down at an inopportune time.
Arrange for a qualified engineer to check that the boiler is functioning properly and providing the level of thermal efficiency intended. During the inspection they should also be to flag up any potential issues.
They may well suggest that you replace the boiler. Though buying a new boiler isn’t particularly cheap, a modern boiler will reputedly save up you up to £310 annually according to the Energy Saving Trust, so that a long-term view on these things. Once it’s been fitted make sure that you pencil in future boiler inspections.
- Install the latest windows and doors
A large number of properties still have wooden single glazed windows and doors fitted. There are two downsides to this.
- Wood ages very quickly and weakens when continuously exposed to inclement weather
- Single glazing is very ineffective at keeping out draughts and trapping warm air indoors
It is advisable to have double glazed windows and doors constructed from UPVC or aluminium at the very least as double glazing provides excellent thermal efficiency and UPVC and aluminium are immensely strong materials.
Find a window and door style that substitutes nicely for the existing windows and doors and if finances permit, think about buying triple glazed windows and doors for the highest standard of thermal efficiency.
- Purchase some thicker curtains
In the intervening period between now and the installation of a new boiler or modern windows and doors, get some thick thermal curtains for the rooms in your house that you most want to keep toasty.
There is a special coating within thermal curtains that helps them to supply rooms with greater insulation.
Open them when you wake up in the morning to make the most of any heat produced by the sun and once the sun goes down, keep them closed as they’ll shut out the cold and keep the warmth of your boiler circulating around your living space. With less heat escaping you can expect your fuel bills to drop too.
Make sure winter comes second best to your home by arranging for a new window or door installation via Hazlemere Windows. Why not book an appointment with a consultant to start you on your home improvement journey.