Preparing your home for winter is something that many home owners seem to neglect. After your home has endured a very hot summer you need to make sure your house is ready to deal with a cold winter. There are a few things you can do to make sure your home is ready to deal with the change in elements before you run into trouble during winter.
Our home improvement experts have put together 4 ideas to keep your home in tip top shape during the colder upcoming months.
1. Check for Gaps
During a very hot summer it is normal to experience a few cracks and gaps around doors and windows. Hot weather can cause materials to expand and shrink once they cool down cause gaps and cracks to form. You may not realise but these gaps and cracks cause air to escape and air to come into your home.
When you have a spare moment do a once over of all windows and doors to see if you have any gaps or cracks. During the winter months these will cause drafts and warm air to escape. Over the cooler months this can really increase the amount you use your heater. From your local hardware shop you can get sealers that will stop drafts and air escaping when you need it most.
2. Check Your Roof
Your roof is the first part of your home to take the brunt of what mother nature throws at us. Before winter arrives always check your roof for any cracked or missing tiles. Hot air rises so having broken or missing tiles will mean that your heater has to work double time to warm your house up.
Winter also brings lots of rain and moisture. Missing tiles means your home is not protected from water damage. Water damage can cause all sorts of problems not only to your roof but to internal rooms and electrical work. Modern can help with any roof repairs you may need. With your roof it is always better to deal with the problem sooner rather than later.
3. Get Out in the Garden
While not everyone enjoys gardening autumn is a great time to get outdoors and make sure your gutters are free from blockages and any low overhanging branches. During times of rain clear gutters will help drain water away from your house and down the drain pipe. If your gutters are full you will find they overflow which can cause damage to your roof and other parts of your house.
Taking a day or two to properly clean up your garden will save you a lot of heartache during winter time.
4. Check Your Heating System
Heating doesn’t get used for 6 months of the year and always needs to be checked before use. This includes a dual air conditioner that runs both hot and cold air. If you have a small portable heater that has been in storage for 6 months make sure you take the time to give it a good dusting before you turn it on.
Heaters and heating systems should be checked will in advance of use, if there is anything wrong you will then have plenty of time to get the system fixed before the onset of the cold weather.
Taking the time to double check these tips before the cold weather hits will save you a lot of heartache and headache come winter time. Modern can help you with any roof or gutter issues you need fixed. We can also help with any shutters that you may want installed to help keep the cold out.
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