6 December 2019
AS the weeks are getting colder and the UK winter weather is fast approaching, you will want to have made sure that you have taken the appropriate measures to protect your home from issues that could arise once the temperatures drops.
Below are some of our top tips to get you prepared for the winter weather (and hopefully help keep your energy costs down!)
1. Frozen pipes
To avoid burst and frozen pipes, turn the stop tap off and on again every now and then, to stop it ticking. You also need to try to keep the property warm and don't leave taps dripping. If you go away for any length of time, leave the heating on low and drain down water supplies.
If your pipes have frozen, turn the water off at the main stop tap and switch off any water heaters. Turn on all the taps to empty any water from the system, in pipes that have not frozen and try to gently unfreeze the pipe with warm clothes, a heater or a hairdryer but do not overheat the pipes as this will cause them to crack.
2. Central heating
Keep your heating set to at least 10°C at all times to avoid frozen pipes. Use your timer efficiently by altering the time your heating comes on, not only does this let you come home to a warm house, but it also avoids having to keep the heating on all day whilst you're not there. If you have a room that isn't used much or at all, turn the radiators down in those rooms as it is a waste of heat!
Make sure you keep your radiators as clear as possible to allow the hot air to circulate around all the rooms in your home. Having your sofa pushed right up against a radiator can damage the furniture and stop the heat filling the room (which makes you want to turn your temperature up even more-when it's not necessary!)
You can control the ventilation around your home to reduce condensation and dampness but it is sometimes difficult to avoid draughts. Draughts let in too much cold air and therefore waste the heat around your home when you need it the most during the winter months. To try and avoid draughts, you need to block unwanted gaps that let cold air in - if possible!
5. Boiler service
We recommend having your boiler serviced in preparation for the winter months ahead. If you commit to a routine service every year, you can reduce the problems that occur with boilers during the winter.
For more tips on how to generally maintain your property in a suitable living condition please read our Maintenance Tips