A lot of us are still going through the tail end of a heatwave that is pushing the temperature to some pretty wild extremes over the past few weeks. However, just as we’ve had a dramatic summer, we might end up having a pretty dramatic winter, too. If there is a cold snap coming your way, then you want to make sure that your home is ready for it. Here are some ways to keep the chill out and keep the comfy vibes in.
How effective and efficient is your heating?
When it starts to get a little chilly, then your first idea is going to be to turn on the heating first and foremost. However, what if it’s not working as effectively as it should be? Getting a heating engineer out to give your system a service is something that you should do at least every couple of years, or every year if it gets particularly cold in your area. Sometimes, you may need to just do some basic maintenance like bleeding a radiator, but if that doesn’t work, then there’s a good chance there’s something affecting the heating system, such as corrosion or the breakdown of certain components.
Insulation is the key
Being able to heat the home up is one thing, but being able to retain that heat is just as important. If there are air leaks or the home isn’t well insulated, then the hot air is going to move towards the cold air. That’s one of the key laws of physics, heat will spread out into where it is absent. Aside from checking if the home has insulation, old or poorly maintained windows are some of the biggest heat drains in any home and, as such, you should look for a window company near you to help you make the repairs or replacements if necessary. Newer windows also typically tend to be a lot more energy efficient so it might be worth updating older windows even if they’re not technically faulty.
Secure the roof above your head
Depending on where you live, having the roof blown from over your head may very well be a real risk. However, even if it is not, improving the roof’s durability is still a step worth taking. Aside from expanding to fill the cold, heat rises, meaning that if your roof has any holes or insecurities in it, the heat can rise out of the home. Check your roof to make sure there are no cracked, damaged or missing tiles and keep it clear of things like tree branches that may eventually cause damage or blocked gutters that can open a leak into the home by not being able to drain water properly.
With the tips above, you can stop the chill from invading your home while helping it retain more of its heat. Investing in a comfortable climate is worth it so it might be time to bite the bullet on those home improvements that it’s about time you make.
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