Just as we start wrapping up in warmer jumpers and craving hot, comforting dinners of soup or stews, our homes need some TLC during winter too.
Follow the first three of our six steps below to get your home properly winter-proofed!
1. Get your boiler serviced and think about insuring it
To start with, it’s a good idea to get your boiler serviced every year to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. If you haven’t had it serviced yet this year – or if you’ve never done this – you should probably start thinking about getting it checked, especially now that the colder weather is setting in. An expert will be able to ensure there’s no wear and tear to your boiler and they’ll be able to see if it’s operating in a safe manner and that there is no potential for carbon monoxide leakage. Head to the Gas Safe Register site to find a technician based in your area qualified to fix gas appliances.
If it’s not insured already, it might be worth considering getting boiler breakdown (or home emergency) insurance. Even if you have home insurance in place, boiler breakdown cover isn’t usually included automatically – but it’s worth checking this first. With home emergency insurance you have the peace of mind of knowing that if your boiler does go wrong over the winter, the cost of calling out an engineer and any repairs should be covered (depending on the details of the cover you choose).
2. Consider replacing your old boiler
For older boilers, it might be worth considering an upgrade. If your boiler is over 10 years old, replacing it with a more modern condensing boiler could save you money in the long-run. Although buying a new boiler can be quite expensive, you’ll likely save on your energy bills over the years and there’s less chance you’ll run into any maintenance issues.
3. Clear your gutters out
We’re not going to pretend that this is a fun job to do, but it’s pretty important for the welfare of your home. Removing the debris – like sticks and leaves – from your gutters can help to prevent them filling with water, freezing and cracking in the winter. Not only this, but keeping them clear can also help to prevent damp from seeping into your walls.
You may decide to contact a professional gutter cleaning service to do this, as climbing high ladders on your own can be dangerous – especially during the winter months when rungs can get slippery. Alternatively, there are a number of extendable gutter cleaning kits that you can buy.