How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter can be an extremely harsh season when it comes to drastic weather conditions, so it’s always beneficial to ensure your home is safe and secure, ready for the winter months. From simple exterior checks, to ensuring the boiler is on top form, you’ll thank yourself if you come across any issues that can be resolved, that would’ve become a nightmare for you once the temperature drops.

Exterior Preparations

Your homes exterior is the most important area to prepare in time for winter. From the strong weather conditions, the garden and homes exterior can become battered and untidy but preparing your garden for the winter can help to prevent too much damage. Firstly, you need to check that your fencing is intact. Broken fencing can become a huge issue during the winter, especially when winds become strong and aggressive. If you notice that you have broken parts of fencing, or there are panels missing, then you need to take a trip to your local builders’ merchants and stock up on plenty of timber to fix these problems. There are lots of different parts available for fencing, like these edge panels, fence posts and so on, so you need to work out exactly what you need before you invest in any additional parts. Once you’ve fixed your fencing, you shouldn’t have to work on it again during the winter.

Shed and Greenhouse Security

When the bad weather sets in, you never know what kind of conditions you’re going to be dealing with. The shed and greenhouse can take quite a bit of pressure from strong winds, as well as a battering from any flying debris that’s blown around the garden. As a result of the bad weather, you often find that windows can become smashed, doors can become loose and roofing materials can become damaged. Before the winter properly sets in, give your greenhouse or shed a thorough once over. Check all areas are intact, just like you would with the fencing and make note of any areas that need a little TLC. Make sure you lock your shed securely to prevent any doors from flying open, as well as storing any loose furniture items away here too.

Warm and Cosy Interiors

Many people like to avoid putting the central heating on until the temperature seriously drops, however after months of not being used, your radiators may need a little test run before the cold weather hits. In the run up to the colder weeks, use your heating sparingly to just test the waters and ensure it’s still working properly. There is nothing worse than facing the coldest day of the year with a broken boiler. It would even be worth having a technician popping over and giving your boiler a quick check, to ensure it’s going to run smoothly for the few months ahead.

Alongside the boiler checks, you should also use this time to go around the house and bleed your radiators. By bleeding radiators, you can ensure your radiators will work properly when needed. If your radiator needs bleeding, you’ll notice that the top of the radiator is cold, when the bottom is hot. All you need is a cloth and bleed key to tackle this issue and it doesn’t take long at all!

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