Winter-Proofing Your Home: 5 Simple Tips To Prepare For Colder Seasons

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There’s nothing like a crisp winter morning to remind you that it’s time to break out thick jumpers, hot chocolate, and fuzzy socks. But with energy prices set to soar and the cost of living coming down on all of us, our love of the cosy seasons is more than somewhat dampened. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to get your home ready for the winter. And hopefully, save some money on heating too.

So why not make the transition from summer to autumn a little more bearable? These 5 simple tips can help you stay cosier throughout the cooler months. 

Winter-Proofing Your Home
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  1. Plan Ahead

Start by locking in your heating and cooling systems with an autumn inspection. You’ll be able to ensure that your systems are running as efficiently as possible. Making sure that your bills are as low as possible. And if you’d like to move to a more sustainable heating system or even a solar power system, autumn is the perfect time to do so. Plan what you need to make your home perfect for the colder months ahead. This includes researching how your home can work harder for you. 

  1. Repair Leaks

The coldest months of the year can wreak havoc on your pipes. So, ensure that all your exterior pipes (especially those under your siding or roof) are winter-proofed. Many water heaters and outdoor taps aren’t designed for harsh winter conditions. So make sure to get them fixed. Additionally, make sure that you’re winter-proofing your indoor plumbing as well. This includes your toilets and taps. Many leaky indoor faucets can be winter-proofed by wrapping the exposed parts in winter-friendly tape. 

  1. Make Smart Upgrades To Your Home

When you’re ready to ‘winterise’ your home, consider replacing common light bulbs with LEDs. They use 50% less energy than traditional bulbs and come in various colours, making them more aesthetically pleasing. If you have spare cash, install smart home systems. They can help you reign in spending on electricity and heating by giving you complete control. Even when you’re not at home. 

  1. Add Some Warmth With Soft Furnishings

One of the best ways to make your home feel more welcoming is to add some warm, soft furnishings to your home. This can be as simple as introducing a new throw blanket to your couch. Or adding a rug to your entryway to make it more welcoming. Whatever you choose, look for something that can be used for warmth and aesthetics. 

  1. Check And Upgrade Windows, Doors, And Insulation

It is also essential to ensure that your home’s windows and doors are in good condition. If your windows aren’t in good shape, they let the cold air through and make your home feel colder. If you have old, drafty windows, you should replace these with new, energy-efficient windows. This is an easy way to make your home feel warmer and more inviting. As well as to make your home more energy efficient. If you don’t have the money to do this, simply install curtains and Patio Door Blinds. These will help keep the cold out and the warmth in. 

Don’t forget to check the insulation of your home. Most of the heat in our houses is lost through the floor or roof. Rugs help keep flooring warm, so it makes sense to check your insulation. A well-insulated home will keep you warmer for longer, with less energy usage. And less wear and tear on your heating system. 

Final Words

With the threat of winter looming, finding the time and energy to winter-proof your home can be challenging. But don’t let the cold and rain make you stressed. Instead, make these 5 changes to your home, and you’ll be prepared for the coming winter months.

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