November 27, 2013
During the winter the most important thing in the home is to keep it warm. As well as having the heating on you should make sure the heat can’t escape. This will keep you and your home warmer whilst saving energy. Here are our tips:
- Insulate your loft and any wall cavities. If your home is already insulated, it is worth checking this is still in good condition, or if you could increase it.
- Fit draught proofing to windows and doors
- Draw your curtains at night
- Make sure all your external doors and windows stay closed
- Whilst you are in your living room, keep the doors closed
- Do not obstruct radiators with furniture or clothing
If you are looking at saving energy around the home we have also put together an energy saving infographic full of useful tips.
Here are some other tips for protecting things around your home this winter:
- Make sure outdoor furniture is fully secured so it cannot be blown over by high winds.
- Clear your gutters and unblock and grills to make sure rain water and melting snow can escape safely.
- Check your roof for broken or missing tiles and have them repaired to prevent a water leak.
- Insulate your water pipes to prevent them blocking or bursting. If they are already insulated, check the insulation is still in good condition.
- Clear your paths of snow and ice to make sure you and your visitors aren’t at risk of slipping. The MET office has produced a snow code to help you do this safely.
- Make sure everyone in your home knows where your water stop tap is in case of a burst water pipe. Also make sure they know how to turn of the gas/electricity if your house uses it.
- If you are away from your home, you should still turn the heating on to prevent pipes blocking or bursting, and it is wise to have a friend or relative visit to check for leaks. You should also leave internal doors open if you are away, to allow the heat to circulate around the house.
- Avoid a breakdown and get your boiler serviced by an OFTEC registered engineer before the winter. This could also save energy by making sure your boiler is running efficiently.
- As you’ll be using more appliances to heat your home at this time of year, you are more at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, even if you use heating oil. Read our article about carbon monoxide poisoning and get a carbon monoxide detector here.
- Keep torches and batteries handy in case of power cuts that can be caused by extreme weather.
- If you use heating oil, buy it early and make sure you have enough to get through the winter no matter how cold it gets, as our article here suggests, leaving it too late could mean higher prices and a longer wait for your heating oil.