Although we hate to admit it, Summer is slowly coming to an end. The clouds are that mysterious shade of grey that gives nothing away about whether the day will be a scorcher or a total downpour.
Many of us will have ridden out last winter and all the house’s faults, knowing that spring and summer were just a few short months away. But, just like clockwork (or seasons), autumn comes right back around at the same time each year and reminds you of all those things you should’ve fixed before.
So let this year be the year where you’re prepped for the cold weather and the house is returned to its former glory.
Here’s how to get your house ready for winter:
Upgrade the windows
If you find yourself getting frustrated by the wind whistling through that invisible hole in your window frame every year, this year is the year to invest in new windows.
Double glazing Birmingham is generally much more affordable than it used to be. So if your period property is still fitted with single-pane windows, you’re long overdue for an upgrade.
Find a few quotes online and see if you can reduce the price by only replacing the windows that truly need it.
Another way to insulate your home for the winter is to get savvy with your window treatments. Heavy drapes and insulated blinds are a great option for the colder months. If you have space to store them in the summer, you could swap out your drapes for voiles when the heat rises and bring out the denser curtains when the leaves start to turn.
For spare rooms or barely used spaces, it’s a good idea to keep curtains and blinds closed as this can dramatically reduce the amount of heat escaping the house.
Fill in the cracks
The window frames are the only place you can find those whistling holes, so make sure to fill in any cracks and tiny holes you find.
Even the smallest of gaps can bring in a draft and reduce the effectiveness of your insulation. A little filler is much cheaper than new insulation, too, so it’s definitely the smarter option.
A quick trick to find where holes are letting air in is to hover a lit candle around fixtures and fittings and wait to see if the flame flickers. If it stays still, you’re crack-free.
A good place to start your search is the attic. Air leaks are much less noticeable in the attic – especially if you’re not actually using the space.
Inspect your insulation
If you can’t remember the last time you upgraded your insulation, it’s probably time to look into your options. Making sure that your home is properly insulated from top to toe is ultimately an investment into your future, as it can dramatically reduce your monthly energy bills. The better the insulation, the less you’ll need to turn on the heating.
Door sweeps and draft excluders
While new insulation may be a large investment, door sweepsand draft excluders certainly won’t break the bank.
These door attachments will ensure no cold air returns into the house under the doors. Even if you just need to focus on keeping one room warm at a time, a draft excluder can make a huge difference.