Planning Home Improvements for Winter
It looks like the wonderful British summer is over, and it’s time to think about preparing for winter. As well as shopping for the latest A/W interior design trends, it’s also important to think about what home improvements may need to be addressed before it gets too chilly and wet.
Just like you service your car ahead of winter, you also need to make sure your house is ready for the onslaught of wind, ice and snow. We’ve put together some areas which you should check, update or repair in preparation for the colder months. You’ll thanks us later and it will save you money on improvements and repairs in the long run.
You’ll be relying on your boiler a lot throughout the winter, so make sure you get it serviced beforehand. There’s nothing worse than being caught in a cold snap with no heating or hot water. Get your boiler serviced before winter, or if it’s an old model check if it will be more efficient to replace it altogether (you’ll probably make back the investment in the reduction of your energy bills).
Another way you could potentially save on winter energy bills is to install insulation. Insulating your walls and your loft will stop heat escaping from your house – see if you’re eligible to get it for free.
When it comes to conserving heat, it’s not all about working from the inside out. It’s time to weatherproof the exterior walls, which will prevent damp from entering your home. Fixing up brickwork and paintwork before the winter will also save it from being a bigger job further down the line.
While you’re outside, don’t forget to clear all your gutters of debris. Clear leaves and anything else that has got trapped in your gutter to prevent blockages and heavy snowfall causing problems.
Weatherproof your Windows
A lot of heat can escape through your windows, even when they are closed. Winter is no time for draughts, so make sure you assess your window situation soon. If you have peeling paintwork or rotting frames, you should consider getting double glazed windows. These can make your home much more energy efficient, and also look great on the inside and outside as a modern home improvement.
Do you have any top interior design or DIY tips for winter? Let us know!