Following on from our last blog post, here you can find the final three steps to help get your home prepared for winter.
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4. Get insulated
Insulation is one of the most important ways you can keep your home warm and – more importantly – save money on your energy bills. Fitting insulation in your loft helps to prevent heat leaking from your home through the roof, which in turn keeps your home warmer and means you don’t have to keep the heating on as high or for as long.
Even if you’ve already fitted insulation in your loft, it’s worth checking to see if this is working as well as it could be. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that show you how to fit insulation properly if you are considering doing it yourself.
If your home has spots that are colder than others, it might be worth wrapping your pipes with lagging, and this only costs a couple of quid. This can help to prevent your pipes becoming frozen and bursting. If you don’t have double glazing you can buy kits fairly cheaply that allow you to cover a window with film that will help keep the heat in.
5. Seal any drafts
We’ve no doubt all experienced a draft at some point – a cold burst of wind breaking into your otherwise cosy and homely space. If you’re still experiencing the odd draft, it’s definitely time to get them sealed up before winter properly kicks in. Not only can they create a chill in your home meaning you’ll need to put your heating on higher, but they can also leak heat which costs money.
You could consider draft excluders underneath doors to stop that cold air getting in there and by using window sealant around your window frames and your letter box, you’ll help keep the warm in and the cold out.
6. Bleed your radiators
It may all sound a bit “Dracula”, but bleeding your radiators is an important and necessary way to help keep your home warm. Unsure whether they need bleeding? Check whether your radiators are cold at the top and hot at the bottom. If they are, you should probably bleed them.
First of all, make sure all your heating is turned off. You’ll need a bleed key (which you can buy from most DIY stores) and a cloth. Turn the valve at the top of your radiator anti-clockwise, only stopping when you hear the radiator hiss. Use the cloth to catch any dripping water. As soon as water starts flowing, just retighten the valve and you’re done!
If you’d like more information before bleeding your radiators, YouTube is an excellent place to find reputable tutorials.