Don’t let your home suffer the winter blues

As Jack Frost lurks around the corner and we look forward to cosy jumpers and hot chocolates by the fire, extreme changes in temperature can really put our homes to the test. Here are five tips to prepare your home for the winter.

 

Give your boiler some TLC

During the winter months, your boiler works overtime to keep you toasty. To make sure it’s in tip top condition, have it serviced before winter sets in. A poorly maintained boiler wastes energy and can increase the cost of your bills. Faulty boilers can also leak gases which are very dangerous.

 

Add affordable luxury

If you’ve ever dreamt of underfloor heating, there’s no better time to upgrade your home heating system. Underfloor heating distributes an even, ambient temperature around the home and eliminates the need for radiators. Running at a lower temperature than traditional systems, water based underfloor heating can also shave a few pounds off your energy bills at the end of each month. Easily installed in both new builds and existing homes, underfloor heating is the perfect affordable luxury.

 

Bleed your radiators

If you haven’t got around to upgrading to underfloor heating, ensure your radiators are in full working order. If your radiators are colder at the top than they are at the bottom, it’s time to call in a professional and have your radiators bled. If you’re experienced, feel free to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in yourself. Bleeding your radiators releases trapped air, keeping your system working at its most efficient levels and allowing heat to circulate properly.

 

Check your guttering

Be honest, when was the last time you checked your guttering? As autumn leaves begin to fall, gutters and downpipes become susceptible to blockages. Blocked gutters and downpipes mean rainwater can’t drain properly and may start leaking into the roof.

 

Insulation – did you know, your pipes have their own cardigan?

The harsh winter temperatures can lead to pipes freezing, which can cause extensive damage. The best way to stop this from happening is to insulate your pipes with a foam layer called lagging. Pipe lagging reduces the amount of heat lost and stops pipes from freezing in cold weather.

 

Finally, it’s always a good idea to check that your insurance policy covers you for winter related damage, so you can enjoy that hot chocolate at the end of the day without the fear of hefty repair bills!

For more information on adding underfloor heating to your home, visit polypipeufh.com

Category

Modern Living, News

Date

14th September 2017

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