Protecting your home from cold winter weather

Protecting your home from cold winter weather

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

Winter might be in full swing already, but it’s not too late to put measures in place to ensure your property is protected from the cold weather.

Winter weather, such as snow, ice and chilly temperatures, can cause problems for the inside and outside of your home. Check out our top tips to keep your property tip top this winter:

Keeping inside your home warm

1. Ensuring your loft is adequately insulated could help you to retain up to a quarter of your home’s heat. Loft insulation might seem pricey at first but, over the long-term, you could make you money back and more*:

Installation cost (0-270mm)

*Data obtained from the Energy Saving Trust.
Type of property Installation cost (0-270mm) Savings per year CO2 savings per year (kg)  Payback time
Detached house (4 bedrooms) £395 £240 990 1-2 years
Semi-detached house (3 bedrooms) £300 £140 580 2 years
Mid-terrace house (3 bedrooms) £285 £135 550 2 years
Detached bungalow (2 bedrooms) £375 £200 820 1-2 years

2. Allowing sunlight to shine through your windows during the day can help to naturally heat up your rooms, without spending a penny. Conversely, keeping your curtains or blinds closed at night can help to retain heat.

3. To prevent any sort of draught from entering your home, consider placing draught snakes against doors, on your windowsills and between window frames.

Protecting outside your home

1. Clear away any leaves and build-up of debris from your gutters to prevent ice forming in them and causing a blockage. Should your gutters become frozen, melt the ice away using hot water.

2. To ensure the path to your front door is as safe as possible sprinkle some salt or sand over your walk route to prevent accidents.

3. For safety reasons, it’s recommended to stay off your roof during hazardous, winter conditions, but once the ice and snow has disappeared, it makes sense to check your roof for any damage.

Frozen pipes

Temperatures below 0° can cause the water in your pipes to freeze and could even lead to your pipes bursting – which can do huge damage to your home. To prevent your pipes from freezing ensure that they are well insulated or lagged, especially if they run through unheated locations of your house. If you are leaving your house unoccupied, leave the heating on a low setting to keep the temperature above freezing.

Should your pipes become frozen, the best course of action is to slowly thaw them out using towels soaked in hot water or hot water bottles. You should avoid using direct heat as this could lead to permanent, costly, damage to your pipes.

Our winter campaign

To show-off the stunning property photos winter can bring us, here at Ocean homeowner loans, we’ve teamed up with a bunch of bloggers and asked them to capture some of their favourite seasonal property pictures.

Click here to find out more about our winter blogger campaign.

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Bryony Pearce

By Bryony Pearce

Protecting your home from cold winter weather Protecting your home from cold winter weather