Pre-Festive Checks to Ensure your Home is Prepared

It’s hard to imagine that Christmas is just a few weeks away – it doesn’t seem two minutes since we were saying hello to the school summer holidays and yet, here we are, cranking up the heating for the first time in months and reading news reports about what could potentially be the worst weather in decades.

Staying warm throughout the winter months is imperative, especially over Christmas when chances are, you’ll have other people to worry about because of visiting guests – as well as children being off school over the holidays. With a little time in your favour, now would be ideal to start looking at your current situation to check where improvements can be made to ensure you and your family stay warm without breaking the bank.

radiator-261x300Check your boiler
It’s one of those commodities that many people take for granted, and with it not being used to its full potential for a while, now would be a common time for them to break down. Cranking up the heating and turning up the thermostat could cause your boiler to break under the strain – this is the last thing you need, isn’t it?
Check your boiler        

You could invest in one of the energy efficient boilers from British Gas if you’re due for a brand new one. Otherwise, make sure you invest in an annual boiler service to ensure that it’s running like clockwork. If you pay a monthly premium for a boiler insurance, a service by British Gas should come as standard.

Turn on the Radiators

If they’ve been off for the summer months, you may need to bleed the radiators to allow any air pockets to escape. Now would be a perfect time to turn them on again, so that your home can warm through nicely. Stay conscious of your heating bill though – there’s no need to use all radiators if you don’t have to. In rooms that aren’t used often (such as the hallway and bathroom), you could probably do without heating from radiators. Similarly, unless you have guests staying with you (for example, over the Christmas period), the spare room doesn’t need to be kept constantly warm.

Keep Windows Closed

Don’t allow the residual heat to escape; you may as well just throw your money away! Keep windows closed and ensure that any draughts are sealed. If you have draughts around the windows, make sure that they’re caulked while you can use draught excluders at your doors to keep your rooms warm and snug.

Check the Insulation

While it’s not essential to do straight away, checking that the standard of your loft insulation is up to scratch can help to keep heating bills down. Regulations nowadays ask for 275mm of insulation in lofts – if what you have doesn’t meet this measurements, chances are you’re paying over the odds on your heating bill because it’ll take longer for your home to warm up as much as you’d like it to.

During the winter, it’s essential that you stay as warm as possible – especially during the big freeze. Think ahead and check that your home is as prepared for a cold snap as it can be.

By Roxanne Wells

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