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Winter may be the season where we try to stay warm and the inside becomes more enticing, but don’t let the colder weather put you off making improvements to your home. In fact, winter can often be the perfect time to embark on a selection of home improvements.
Rid your home of draughts and reduce your heating bills
Draughts are an issue for homeowners at the best of times, but the addition of cold weather can severely hamper your comfort levels. It is often a battle to keep your property warm at this time of year, so draughty windows and doors are certainly a problem to solve quickly. It would be worth checking that there are no issues with your double glazing as old and outdated windows can often be the source of draughts. Cracks, broken seals, and condensation between panes are just some signs that you could need new windows.
It’s not all about the inside – the outside needs love too
Clearing your guttering and drains, both of which often fill up with dirt and debris during autumn and winter, will considerably improve their respective performance. It is important to regularly maintain your guttering and drains to ensure they don’t become blocked leading to bigger problems for your home. Tending to your garden can also be something to look at during the winter. Things you can do include:
- Carrying out maintenance on sheds, greenhouses, and other structures
- Protecting your lawn, shrubbery, and plants
- Tidying paths, paving and ponds
- Improving the aesthetics of your garden to brighten your outdoor winter landscape. Consider planting evergreens or winter flowering plants.
Ensure safety and security features are working optimally
December and January can often be the months most prone to house fires, as well as burglaries. As a result, it is a good idea to make sure that all the features you have in order to combat these threats are working properly. That means looking at your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, along with locks, seals, and alarms.
Check that your heating appliances are working efficiently
Given the obvious fact that you will want to be warm during the winter, it is therefore important to check that your heat sources are operating smoothly. Checking that your boiler is working efficiently is paramount and it is recommended to have it serviced at least once a year. You should also check other heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and thermostats.
Spruce up your utility room this winter
Due to the nature of the colder months, there is limited opportunity when it comes to getting a load of washing done. With the weather being unpredictable and the nights being shorter, you will likely find yourself drying your clothes inside. Since you will be inside more, why not give your utility room a makeover and enhance your laundry-based experience. This will make the chore far more bearable!
Make your conservatory a place to be this winter
Many conservatories around the UK go unused in the winter because they simply get too cold. Renovating your conservatory can not only make it a cosy living space during the winter, but it can prove to be useable year-round. One of the most effective methods to winter-proof your conservatory would be to install a glass or tiled roof, or a mix of the two. Also consider creating a cosier conservatory space with the use of soft rugs, plenty of cushions, throws, and ambient lighting.
Improve your East Midlands home this winter
Hopefully this post has given you some food for thought on how to enjoy and improve your home ready for winter. Embarking on those bigger home improvements can be made easier with a local trusted installer such as Stormclad. Visit a local showroom to get an idea of what you can do for your home.