Prep your home against the cold weather

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As we say goodbye to summer, many homeowners are preparing their homes for the colder months ahead. Getting your boiler checked is a must to ensure you don’t get left without hot water, but there are other checks and insulation measures you can take to shield your home from the cold.

Winter-proofing your home can make it more energy efficient (and reduce your energy bills! Winter-proofing your home can make it more energy efficient (and reduce your energy bills!). Post a job today to request a quote.

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Get your boiler serviced

Getting your boiler checked is one of the most important tasks on your winter-proofing checklist. Your boiler will run reliably throughout the winter if you have it serviced by an experienced heating engineer. Your heating engineer will:

Clean all your boiler’s parts and remove all dust and debris

  • Undergo safety checks to check pressure and temperature controls and ensure your boiler is functioning optimally
  • Check for leaks, corrosion or wear and tear that might be affecting efficiency
  • Set your boiler correctly and ensure the right fuel combustion in order to reduce energy wastage
  • Conduct a carbon monoxide check
  • You should get your boiler serviced at least once a year to avoid it breaking down or performing poorly (this will save you money on your energy bills as well).

An annual check will also save you spending large sums on a costly boiler repair or replacement should anything go wrong. Get your boiler checked this winter before you start heating up (but do it early to avoid high demand periods).0 Post a job today to find a skilled heating engineer in your local area.

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Check all your windows and doors

If your doors or windows don’t seal properly, this can lead to unpleasant drafts that ramp up your heating bills during the winter. Consider installing draught-excluders, self-adhesive tape or brush seal They can reduce your energy costs, which makes them an investment worth making. Check out our window replacement cost guide for more information.

Properly sealed windows will not only keep the heat in, but will also insulate your home from noise and reduce the build-up of condensation. Get new windows fitted to prep your home in time for winter:

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Insulate your pipes

In very cold weather, your home’s plumbing system is at risk of freezing. In this case, the pipes could crack and cause flooding or blockage of water systems, which can be costly to Insulation can also help reduce energy costs by reducing heat loss. Keep your pipes warm this winter to avoid water damage. Speak to a skilled heating engineer to request a quote.

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Picture of some pipes with insulation around them

Bleed your radiators

Bleeding your radiators is a simple but important task that you need to carry out to ensure your heating system runs smoothly. You can hire someone to bleed your radiators for you, but it is possible to do this yourself. You can hire someone to bleed your radiators for you, although you should be able to do it yourself:

Make sure your heating is off and your radiators are cold

Place a cloth or bowl underneath the bleed valve and insert the bleed key into your radiator

Turn the key anti-clockwise until air starts to escape (you will be able to hear a hissing noise)

When water starts coming out, turn the key clockwise again to tighten the valve

Do the same for all the radiators in your home

  1. Turn your heating on and check that your radiators are working properly
  2. Usually, your radiators need bleeding if they take a really long time to heat up or if you can hear gurgling noises coming out of them. It is important to have your roof checked and serviced regularly to avoid costly repairs in the event of a problem Find a local roofer. Find a local roofer to get a quote.
  3. A proactive approach is the best way