How to prepare your home for the cold weather (and extend the life of your boiler)

As the nights start to draw in, memories of summer sun are starting to fade and thoughts turn to colder weather and the battle to protect your home (and it’s inhabitants) from the winter weather. Preparing your home for the colder weather is something that is best done before the worst of the winter weather decends – by checking these relativly easy items, you can ensure that your house is as energy efficient as possible, meaning your boiler doesn’t have to work so hard – potentially extending it’s life.

Lag your pipes

Most parts of the country still suffer the occasional heavy frost or even longer periods of snowy weather in the Winter. This can lead to frozen pipes which in turn can mean the disaster of leaking or burst pipes. By lagging or insulating your pipes you are protecting them from this fate. Lagging your hot water tank is also a great idea and will reduce the energy used to heat hot water.

Check your gutters

It is very possible that the leaves from the autumn are still sitting in your guttering and now is the time to clear them out. Clear gutters will prevent water from cascading down your outside walls causing damage and damp. While you are up there you can check your soffits to make sure they are still protecting your walls.

Check your roof for leaks

You can do this by looking in your loft for signs of any drips or leaks. A visual inspection of the roof will also show any obvious wonky tiles or gaps. You might want to get a professional in to do this job if you don’t have the correct safety equipment.

Clean your patio/decking

Outside spaces that are mossy or dirty will become a hazard in the winter when they become frosty. While the weather is nice, get out the jetwash and give them a good blast. You can also seal your decking to protect it from the rain and re-grout your patio tiles.

Repaint your windows

If you have wooden windows they will need regular maintenance. This includes sanding, filling and repainting the sills and frames. This is essential for keeping them in great condition – better yet install double glazing if you can.

Your home may seem like the perfect spot during the summer months, but come winter you will be pleased you took the time to get everything up to date.