7 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

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A Dummies Guide to Insulation & Heating
20th February 2019

There is no longer any way around it. Winter is coming.

W ith the recent drop in temperature and reports of 4 months of snow(!) it is more important than ever to get your house prepared for winter and save yourself some pennies in the process. We have put together a list of 7 simple tips to get your home ready for the incoming cold weather below:

1. Have your boiler serviced

Having your boiler regularly checked is important to flag up any warning signs of worn parts or risks of breakdown, especially as it gets older. Getting it serviced in autumn will ensure it is running properly and efficiently, and will prevent any costly breakdown fees or emergency callouts.

2. Upgrade your boiler

If your boiler is 5 years or older you might be entitled to a brand new A-rated boiler through the governments ECO funding pot. To be eligible for the funding someone in your house must be receiving some kind of government credit, including Child Benefit, and you can take our simple two minute Funding Check here.

3. Check your pipes

Make sure that any outdoor faucets are turned off as any water left inside can freeze and cause the pipe to burst. It is also recommended to check your other pipes are insulated with lagging as they can also freeze and burst.

4. Have a smart meter installed

Smart meters are a great way to check how much energy your house is using in real time. They are free to get installed from most energy providers, and can save you money on your energy bills. Also, no more submitting metre readings!

5. Make sure you are on the best energy tariff

Most people think it is too much hassle to change energy tariffs, but especially with winter on the way, you could be saving £100's per year with another provider.

6. Have your home insulated

Homes with an uninsulated roof lose around 25% of their heat through the roof, and those with uninsulated walls can lose around 30% of their heat through the walls. If your boiler is struggling to heat your house, insulation to stop the heat from escaping will definitely help. There are funding pots available to get your homes insulation to meet the government's regulations, and you can check your eligibility here.

7. Clean your gutters and drains

This is task that everyone tries to put off for as long as possible, but definitely a must for the approaching winter. Leaves and debris in your drains can cause a water blockage and if left unchecked you could end up with roof or wall leaks