How To Winter Proof Your Home

News at Household | 13/11/2019

With winter on the way, it is important you winterproof your home. This is one area where it is best to be proactive, rather than waiting for something to go wrong. Hopefully, there won’t be a problem with your property this winter, but by checking certain issues and making improvements, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of problems arising this winter.

One of the best things about winter proofing your home is there is something for everyone, and every budget. If you have time and money, you should consider upgrading your boiler or installing double-glazing. These changes can be expensive, as they represent a significant investment, but they can have a massively positive impact on how your home copes with a tough winter.

However, if you don’t have the time or funds to take this sort of step, you can make more effective changes without breaking the bank.

Upgrade your curtains for winter…and make sure they are closed

There is a lot to be said for switching out your current curtains to thicker ones in winter. Many people have different materials for use throughout the year, and now is the time to bring in thicker curtains. If you don’t have thicker curtains, consider lining your curtains to provide an added layer of insulation in winter.

Also, make sure you close your curtains when the sun goes down. This step will help retain heat inside your home.

Stop draughts under doors

A simple yet effective way to winterproof your home is to deal with draughts which occur under doors. You can buy a draught excluder, use other material such as a blanket or make your own. No matter what your finances are, you can draughtproof your home, helping to make it cosier in the coldest months of the year.

Check window and door frames for cracks and gaps

The frames of your doors and windows are an obvious place to check for gaps and cracks. If you find any problems in these areas, fill them with insulating strips or insulation solutions. This may seem like a small step, but it will have a big impact on your home, and how you feel this winter.

You should also review your floor and skirting boards for cracks and gaps. If there are holes, a silicone-based filler is ideal, or you can even use shredded newspaper to plug some of the gaps. You don’t need money to make the most of your home this winter.

Other tips you consider in preparing your home for winter include:

·         Insulating water tanks and pipes

·         Reflecting radiator heat with kitchen foil or heat reflector sheets

·         Set a consistent temperature with a thermostat

·         Add insulation to your loft

These tips will help you prepare your home for winter, so choose one, some or all to get started.

There is no shortage of ways you can improve your home, and make sure it is prepared for winter. If you need any assistance or guidance in improving your home, or preparing it for a sale, contact Household, and we’ll be happy to help.