Now is the time to prepare your home for winter: here’s how

As the nights draw in and the temperatures start to drop, the changing weather is a sure sign that it is time to start getting your home ready for winter.

Now is the time to prepare your home for winter

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The heat is on

The best time to get your heating system and boiler serviced and checked over is now. The colder months will see demand for heating engineers rocket; in addition, the price can be cheaper before you hit their ‘peak’ season and the waiting time is usually shorter.

Turn your fans

If you have ceiling fans, flick the switch and ensure the blades turn in a clockwise direction to push the heat back down into the room – remember that hot air rises. If you have a high ceiling and fans, you might be able to save energy and turn down the thermostat.

Check the gutters

As the leaves start to fall off the trees, it is a good idea to clear out your gutters to avoid any blockages and to check for any damage. While you are there, check that the roof is in good repair and that no tiles are missing or loose. Check seals around chimneys or other joins to ensure your roof will remain waterproof.

Sweep the chimney

If you have a real fire or a wood burner, be sure to have the chimney swept at the start of the season. Do a check at the same time to make sure everything is in good working order, not only to prevent chimney fires but also to make sure your fuel is burning efficiently and avoid carbon monoxide entering the home. Also take the time to check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are all functioning properly.

Turn off garden taps

Turning off your garden taps is a good idea, as is draining the pipes before temperatures drop below freezing. Water trapped in the pipes would freeze and expand, which could cause the pipes to burst.

You will find more ideas for making your home a beautiful house ahead of the colder weather on sites such as

Settle down for the colder evenings with efficient heating, cosy blankets and warm lighting, safe in the knowledge that you and your home are ready to enjoy all the fun that comes with winter.

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