Winter is coming... Now's the time to be ready

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They say you should make hay while the sun still shines. But we Brits are unaccustomed to the summer sun, so when it arrives we want to make sure we savour every vitamin D enriched moment. We slap on our sunscreen and enjoy the weather safe in the knowledge that we’ll be able to wrap up warm and cosy up when winter comes.

But for your home, it’s not that easy.

When winter comes you need to be ready, and now’s the time to start making those crucial home improvement decisions while enjoying the sun.

You may think that your home is ready for winter but ask yourself;

Can your boiler take the strain?
Your boiler is the warm, beating heart of your home’s heating infrastructure and if it fails the results could be costly and disastrous. Replacing it might seem costly, but it’ll save you money in the long run and give you peace of mind. You should seriously consider replacing your boiler if:

  • It’s more than 15 years old.
  • It takes a long time to heat up.
  • Maintenance costs and parts prices are increasing year-on-year.
  • Your pilot light burns yellow, not blue.
  • It’s making strange noises or smells.
  • Your home doesn’t feel as warm as it used to.

It’s also worth checking if you’re eligible for a free government grant to replace your boiler.

Do your radiators actually radiate?
As well as your boiler, you need to consider your radiators themselves. There are many factors to consider when buying or replacing radiators and they range from the functional to the aesthetic. Do you want centrally heated, electric or dual fuel? Flat, column or convector panel? Horizontal or vertical? Where and how do you position it to make sure it performs optimally while still looking good? Fortunately, all of your radiator queries can be answered by the Only Radiators Blog which you can access through the link below.

You may also want to conside a radiator additive which can make any radiator hotter and keep it warmer for longer.

When you walk past a closed window, does it feel colder?
Many of us are bleeding money out of our windows, and few of us know how energy efficient our windows are. The British Fenestration Rating Council are a nationally recognised body who have quantified window energy efficiency on a scale from A++ to E. Energy efficiency for a window is determined by;

  • How well it stops heat from escaping.
  • How well it stops drafts from getting in.
  • How well it absorbs the free energy provided naturally by the sun.

Fortunately double and triple glazed windows have never been more versatile and affordable. They typically have an efficiency rating of A or A+ and no matter what your style you can find the right windows for your home’s aesthetic.

Do you know anything at all about your loft insulation?
Heat rises and your insulation is the only thing that can prevent it from leaking through the roof and taking your hard earned money with it. If you’re noticing fluctuations in indoor temperatures, rising heating bills, animal infestation in your attic space, or dampness in the insulation itself then it desperately needs to be replaced.


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