Don't let your home become a victim of the cold this winter
As the cold begins to set in, now is the time to start getting your home ready for the autumn and winter weather.
One of the easiest ways to dramatically reduce your home's heating costs is by sealing your windows.
This is a pretty quick job that might be easy enough to do yourself, although there are plenty of handymen out there who can ensure you get the job done properly.
This is also a good time to start thinking about your insulation and how effective it really is. If last year you noticed that no matter what you did your house still felt pretty cold, poor insulation may be the cause so get an expert to come and take a look. Insulating your property can make all the difference to your heating bills, so it's definitely worth it.
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If there is a cold snap you might want to prepare by purchasing an additional heating source. Oil and fan heaters are great at providing short term heat but need to be used with care.
Ensure you keep fabrics and paper away from the surface and remember to always turn them off before you leave the room. These can also cost a lot of money to run too, so remember to keep a keen eye on how much they're being used.
But if you are concerned about being left cold this year, it is always wise to book in a routine check to ensure that gas and oil boilers, fires, convectors, water heaters, warm air units and radiators are all fully functional.
Next, check your pipes and guttering for leaks or blockages. With the cold, wet weather you may find prices rising and problems that were easily fixable in the warmer months become a major issue a few months down the line.
You'll want to avoid cold morning showers, broken radiators, leaks and cracked pipes so it is best to call a plumber at the first sign of a problem – you may end up saving money in the long run.
Also remember to check the chimney and fireplace for any blockages and problems. Remove any soot or debris from wood fireplaces and check the pilot light for a properly burning flame in gas units.