Now that winter is upon us it’s time to make sure your home is ready for the cold snap. With a few simple updates you can winter proof your home and be ready for anything this winter throws at us.
1. Keep the warmth
When the temperatures drop outside, we’re much more inclined to turn up that heating dial to keep warm. But in doing that we need to make sure we are looking at ways to prevent heat escaping from our homes unnecessarily too. Heat is most likely lost through the roof, windows, walls, floors and any gaps around windows and doors.
Properly insulating your walls and roof are sure fire ways to reduce energy loss, but you can also make simpler and more affordable updates, too. By using curtains and draught excluders in winter and sealing any gaps around door frames and windows, you are creating a barrier keeping heat energy circulating in your home. In fact, simply shutting doors in your home to keep heat trapped in the room you are using can make a difference.
Heat loss can also be significantly reduced with properly fitted double glazing, using air or a vacuum between the panes of glass means minimal or no heat is able to pass through. The energy efficient coated glass used in our windows retains warmth in the home. It’s also designed to exploit heat energy from the sun and reduce condensation. And the best bit, it will help you to save money on your energy bills.
2. Secure outside
With al fresco dining a thing of the past – for now – it’s a good idea to look out on the patio and make sure you are protecting your garden furniture, barbecues and accessories. Some metals tend to rust with over exposure to the elements, so if you have somewhere to store this type of furniture for the winter months, great. Or alternatively cover them up to help protect them.
Secondly, have a look at where water is collecting or storing such as in your hose pipe or odd buckets around the garden. When temperatures drop, the water will freeze and cause hazards for you and wildlife. Drain the water and hang up or store these inside, too.
Finally, secure any furniture or accessories with rope or hold them down with heavy slabs or bricks, especially if there are high winds forecast!
3. Check your guttering
Leaves, twigs and other winter debris can collect in your guttering causing them to become clogged and preventing them from doing their intended job! Instead of carrying water away, it is likely to spill over the guttering and this can lead to a lot of issues, and even damage to your home.
Maintaining your guttering, fascias or cladding is not an easy job to do. And, sometimes, they are in hard to get to places making it virtually impossible to keep on top of. If you are having trouble with the exterior of your home, speak to us. We’ve got 30 years of experience in providing these types of services, as well as specialised products which are virtually maintenance free.
Learn more about our fasicas and guttering services.
4. Look after your pipes
During cold weather, pipes are at risk of bursting due to the water inside them freezing. Insulating your pipes can prevent this from happening and reduce heating loss.
Be sure to minimise any ways where cold air can make its way to your pipes such as through cracks or holes in your walls – inside and outside – and repair any that you can see.
If you are away from your property and it is particularly freezing temperatures, it might be a good idea to maintain a low level of heating so the pipes are not exposed to freezing temperatures for an extended period of time.
5. Be prepared for the weather
They say you can’t predict the weather, but when it comes to winter you know it’s likely we’ll have to live through it all. The wind, the rain and, of course, the snow. Being prepared for all that winter might throw at us will not only give you peace of mind, but also mean you’ll be able to carry on with life when the weather finally does arrive!
Keep trees and bushes trimmed back to avoid excess debris flying around or landing on your property. If snow is forecast, make sure you have suitable clothing and access, and brush back your driveway so you are able to drive in and out safely. If your property is susceptible to flooding, make sure you have enough sandbags to help minimise damage.
And remember to check the forecast regularly so you know what you are likely to be up against.
6. Don’t forget your conservatory
A conservatory is a great way to extend your home giving you more living space. But if you have an older model, you might find them to be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer heat.
If you’re struggling to keep your conservatory warm in winter, have a look at how you can reduce draughts in similar ways you would the rest of your home. Draught proofing windows and doors and using rugs and draught excluders should help to make a difference. Blinds and curtains can help to retain heat too.
Insulating or replacing your conservatory roof can also make a world of difference and is a good way to minimise costs if you cannot afford to opt for a newer, more energy efficient conservatory model.
At Target Windows we have and expert team who can provide you with all the help and advice you need to create your dream conservatory. And, thanks to our glass roof and insulated double-glazed windows creating excellent energy efficiency, the room will stay cool in summer and warm in winter, meaning you can enjoy your conservatory all year round.
Find out more about our conservatories.