Winter Home Tips: Preparing Your Home For Winter

19 November 2020

As winter approaches so does the harsh weather that comes with it. 

With dropping temperatures and heavy snow, it is important that your home is winter-ready. 

But how can you make sure that your home is prepared for the cold months ahead? 

In this article, we take a closer look at ways you can ensure your home is prepared this winter, and help avoid any hefty maintenance costs.

  1. Clearing your gutters 

The last thing you need this winter is for your gutters to block up and cause leaks into your home. 

Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris and replace or repair guttering that is damaged or broken. 

  1. Upgrade your windows 

A draughty, broken, or damaged window can leave your home feeling seriously cold, especially in winter. 

Installing new double glazing can have a dramatic impact on the temperature of your home. Keep your home feeling warmer and more comfortable and upgrade your windows.

  1. Service your boiler 

It is likely that you rely on your heating system to keep your home warm in the winter season, that’s why it is extra important to make sure it is working effectively. 

It is a common misconception that you only need to get your boiler serviced once it has stopped working, or after a long period of time. By getting your boiler serviced before winter arrives, you can ensure that it is still safe and working properly. 

  1. Block out draughts 

Your windows and doors may look fine on the surface but little do you know, they are letting valuable heat escape. 

Resealing your door and therefore blocking out draughts can help reduce the amount of heat escaping your home, keeping your home a warmer place to live, and helping to reduce your energy bills, as you won’t need to keep your heating as high, or on for as long.

  1. Set your heating on a timer 

No one wants to come home to a cold home; by setting your heating on a timer you can ensure that your home is warm when you come home or before you wake up in the morning.

It also saves you money as you can set your heating so it is not running when you aren’t home. 

Find a home improvement specialist

Despite the weather outside, by following some of these preparations, your home will be a much more cosier and comfortable place to be this winter.

However, before you go off making changes to your home it is important to choose a trusted home improvement specialist, especially one that can advise on your windows or doors, which are the most likely cause of heat loss.

At the DGN, we are focused on ensuring that all our readers find the right home improvement expert for them. 

If you are looking to make any home improvement changes to your home this winter, use our online tool to find a local specialist near you.