Winter may not be here just yet, but it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare your house for when it is. Here you can learn how to get your house winter-ready.
Insulate Your Loft
If your loft isn’t already insulated then now is the time to install loft insulation in your home. Why? Well, believe it or not, you could save up to £240 a year on energy bills, so it’s a simple way to reduce costs.
Yes, you’ll have to fork out a few hundred quid to have it professionally installed but the savings you’ll gain from this effective home improvement will pay for this service in just a couple of years.
Do you already have loft insulation? Then check to see if it meets the recommended depth of 270mm. It may fall short of this measurement, so it might be worth topping up the existing insulation to ensure that you prevent heat loss. You could then make further savings on your energy bills.
Invest in a New Boiler
Granted, new boilers aren’t cheap, but neither is an old boiler. In fact, an old boiler can cause your heating bills to be sky high due to it being inefficient.
As a rule of thumb, if your boiler is over 10 years old, then you should consider having a new one installed.
Alternatively, if you’re not in a financial position to buy a new one, be sure to have it serviced before winter instead.
A poorly maintained boiler wastes a significant amount of energy and therefore costs more, so it’s well worth replacing it in the near future to maximise savings. Plus, it’ll add to the value of your home too.
Bleed the Radiators
Your radiators may have trapped air in them, which can stop the heat from circulating properly. How can you tell? Well, if they are colder at the top than they are at the bottom then the hot water isn’t fully heating your radiators.
However, this can easily be fixed. All you need to do is bleed the radiators, which you can do yourself. Simply grab a towel and insert the bleed key into the valve and carefully turn it anticlockwise. This will release the trapped air and allow the radiator to run correctly.
This is a one-minute fix that can really make a difference to how energy-efficient the heating in your home is.
Upgrade to Energy Efficient Windows and Doors
If you don’t already have energy efficient windows and doors installed, now is the time to upgrade your home.
A substantial amount of heat is lost through old windows and doors so you’ll pay more to heat your home during the winter months.
So, replace the old with double glazed windows and have a composite door installed to save money and make your home more energy efficient.
Read more: What is a Composite Door?
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