Even though it may not be all that cold right now and you might be busy enjoying the fantastic summer weather we’ve been having lately, now is the perfect time to think about how your home will be during the winter.After all, it’s a good idea to make any improvements that could make your home warmer right now, before it’s too late. Plus, some of the jobs you might need to do could require you to carry out some work outside – you certainly won’t feel like doing that once the temperatures drop!
So, do you have some time on your hands now to make sure your home will stop you and your family feeling the chill this winter? Here are a few things you can do.
When it’s cold outside, not many of us will be happy about opening the windows. That’s fine, as it will keep all the warm air inside your house, however, it does mean that there is an increased risk of condensation developing. This will greatly increase the risk of damp growing on the walls in the property. So, even though it may be chilly, make sure the windows are opened in rooms that create a lot of steam, like the bathroom and kitchen. Believe me, it’s better to be slightly cold for ten minutes than to have to deal with damp!
You also need to target any drafts that are bringing down the temperature of your house. It’s important that air circulates through your home, as it will keep the air fresh, but too much circulation will lead to the temperature dropping. One way to beat a draft is to hang a thick curtain over any interior doors. Adding on brushes to the bottom of doors and your letterbox will also prevent the chilly air blowing in.
Change Your Windows
If you don’t have double-glazed windows right now, you should really consider switching to them. Not only will they significantly reduce the risk of drafts developing through the windows, but they also improve the house’s insulation by quite a bit. That means that your home will be quicker to heat up, and it will also retain its warm air for a lot longer. As you won’t need to rely on your heating so much, you can look forward to your monthly utility bills coming down in cost too! Get in touch with Paramount Builders for a quote for switching to double glazing. It might not be quite as expensive as you expect.
Prevent Water Damage
Once the temperatures start to dip by quite a bit, there is an increased chance of suffering water damage in a property. One reason for this is that there’s a chance the standing water in the pipes will freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst. Unfortunately, that’s one of the main causes of property flooding during the winter months!
Make sure you follow all the tips above, and the chill shouldn’t bother you too much this winter.