Preparing Your Home for Autumn

Summer soon passes and it is now time to prepare our homes for the Autumn and Winter period.  Before the chill comes, here are some of the main jobs you should do around your home.

Windows

A single pane of glass can lose up to ten times as much heat as the same area of insulated wall! If your home has sash windows, you want to consider adding secondary glazing. This can help to maintain character at the same time as adding an extra layer to insulate and keep heat in. Another good way to keep cold air out, and warmth in is to use your curtains and blinds – thick curtains can make a big difference.

Roof

Clear any debris off the roof and check if any tiles have broken, become loose or slipped. Keeping your roof well maintained can prevent major issues further down the line.

Garden

Now is the time to plant your spring bulbs, especially daffodils, tulips and snow drops. They should be planted by the end of September for the best chance of a good display.

Boiler

Check your boiler and consider changing it if it is older than 8 years. The older your boiler is, the less effective it is at keeping your home warm. You don’t want to wait until it completely packs up in the winter either, as this is when gas or oil engineers are at their busiest and less able to come out to you.  Get your boiler serviced each autumn to make sure it is in good working order for the winter.

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