As the summer heat begins to wind down and the air begins to chill, you’re probably starting to think about whether your home is ready for the colder season. The period between the months of September and October is typically regarded as “Boiler Switch on” time. It’s during this timeframe that most homeowners will begin to turn their central heating on due to temperatures getting lower.
At HomeServe, we offer a range of services to help get your home ready for the winter. You can visit our winter offers page to find out more.
Below we list our top tips to help you ensure that your home is ready for the impending cold snap:
- Inspect outside
- Bleed radiators
- Stock up on essentials
- Bring out the winter accessories
- Know where your stopcock is
- Ensure your system is in tip-top shape
- Look into updating your heating controls
- Ensure your home is secure
- Look into getting emergency home cover
With the weather getting colder, you’ll want to keep as much warmth in your home as possible. Ensuring that your home is draught-proof can help you do this, and it could also help you save*! Cheap and effective ways of keeping your home warm and keeping cold air out include DIY techniques such as fitting a letterbox flap and placing self-adhesive strips around window frames; these could help you save around £20 per year*. Any form of home insulation can be beneficial, take a look at our article on draught exclusion and insulation to find out more.
Ensuring that your outside space is ready for the upcoming season can be just as important as preparing your space inside. Cleaning your gutters to prevent future water damage, lagging your pipes to prevent freezing in the winter and securing your outside bins in case of high winds can all help to keep your property’s exterior in good shape year-round.
An essential task at this time of year. You don’t rely on your heating as much in the summer, and your radiators can often stop heating up properly due to inactivity. You can solve this issue quickly and easily by bleeding your radiators, follow our simple guide to radiator bleeding to find out how.
Stock up on essentials
Many tend to become homebodies in the winter, especially when the bad weather starts to kick in. Due to this, it may be a good idea for you to stock up on essentials. These can be general items such as tinned food and toiletries, or they can be your own unique necessities such as your favourite snacks and drinks.
Bring out the winter accessories
Throws, fluffy socks, and your thickest duvet, you’ll want to ensure that you have these handy for when temperatures drop. Not only could these create a cosy feel to your home design, but these winter must-haves could also prevent you from being overly reliant on your central heating, potentially helping you save energy*.
Know where your stopcock is
Your central heating system’s stop cock is responsible for controlling the flow of water in your home. Should a water leak occur in your system, due to pipe freezing or any other issue, it’s important for you to know where your stopcock is so that you can stop the water flow. You can usually find your stopcock under your kitchen sink, in a bathroom, storeroom or near your boiler. If you're a tenant, you can ask your landlord for this information.
Ensure your system is in tip-top shape
You’ll rely on your central heating system a lot more during the colder months, so it is important that it is in healthy shape to cope with your needs. We recommend getting your boiler serviced prior to the winter months to help prevent a breakdown at the very time that you’ll need it the most.
If your current heating system is old or inefficient, it may be a best for you to consider getting a new one. At HomeServe, we professionally install some of the best boilers on the market, we also offer finance deals**. Try our free online quote tool today to find out how much it could cost to upgrade your current system.
Look into updating your heating controls
With the rising popularity of smart devices, homeowners are finding easier and convenient ways to heat their home. A smart thermostat could provide you with greater control over your heating. With a gadget such as Tado or Netatmo, you could control your heating from anywhere at any time.
Bonus tip! — Reducing your room temperatures by just one degree could help you save up to £80 on your annual energy bills, along with approximately 320 kg of carbon dioxide a year*
Ensure your home is secure
According to the Telegraph Online, the period after British summertime is a common time for home burglaries***. The longer periods of darkness can be an advantage for intruders, so it’s vital for you to ensure that your home is protected. You can get added protection for your home by installing features such as multiple locks and smart security CCTV. You could also benefit from getting a letterbox guard fitted should you choose to follow the tips from step one.
Look into getting emergency home cover
In the unfortunate event that something goes wrong in your home during the winter, be it a boiler breakdown, leak or an issue with electrics, it’s always comforting to know that you have something in place to help you fix your problem. Getting cover can provide you with priceless peace of mind and help you avoid the stress, inconvenience and costs incurred when issues in your home arise. At HomeServe, we offer a range of home emergency cover options, feel free to get in touch to find out more.
* Source: energysavingtrust.org.uk.
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