Posted 8th Nov 2016
Winter is almost upon us. The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, which makes this a great time to think about the steps you need to take to protect your home during the colder months.
Here are four things we recommend doing as soon as possible so you can ensure that your family is as comfortable as possible this winter.
Ensure your home is well-insulated
According to the National Energy Foundation, a typical British home loses around one-third of the heat produced by its heating system through its roof, ceiling, and walls. So, if you want to ensure that you get the most out of your heating, it’s important that your home is well-insulated.
You could save as much as 20% on your energy bills with proper loft insulation, and the Energy Saving Trust claims that you could save up to £160 by insulating your home’s walls. So, proper insulation is certainly something you should look into if you want to keep your family warm for less.
Stock up on heating oil
According to Money Saving Expert, 1.3 million UK homes rely on a heating oil tank to heat their homes. If this applies to you, it’s vital that you have enough oil to last the winter.
Global oil prices tend to peak as winter draws nearer due to increased demand. Therefore, it’s worth buying your heating oil as early as possible. Rix Petroleum has a heating oil quote calculator, which you can use to determine the best time to stock up.
Clear your home’s gutters
It’s important that you clear your home’s gutters towards the end of autumn when most trees have finished shedding their leaves. This is because they can become blocked, causing water to back up and potentially leak into the roof and down the walls of your home. This can cause a fair amount of damage, so it’s worth taking the time to clear them out before the worst of the winter weather sets in.
Draught-proof your home
Putting some effort into draught-proofing your home is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to help it retain more heat. Keyholes and letter boxes, as well as cracks and gaps around your doors and windows, can all allow heat to escape, so it’s worth popping into a DIY store and picking up draught-proofing materials that will help to keep your home warm and save you money in the long run.
If you want to make sure that your family stays warm, keep your energy bills are as low as possible, and ensure your home is protected, just follow our tips and your home will be prepared to face the winter months head-on.