A Warm House
If you have been keeping an eye on the recent weather forecasts, then you may be concerned that the coming weeks will potentially bring a sharp rise in your monthly heating bills while trying to keep a warm house. Well, no need to worry! Because the team here at White Horse Surveyors have assembled this helpful list of tips and tricks to ensure that your home is ready for any possible cold snap or storm. So, make sure that your prepared now and avoid any nasty surprises or uncertainties by keeping your house warm.
Without further ado, our checklist includes:
Checking your insulation
Installing effective insulation can often be one of the most successful practices for retaining heat and reducing your utility bills. Especially in the walls or lofts, where most of a home’s warmth is typically lost.
In fact, RICS claim that the roof, in an un-insulated property, accounts for 25% of its heat loss.
Therefore, when reviewing your loft insulation, it is important to test the attic floor joists to ensure that it is still level, or just below, the current insulation. Following this review, it may be advisable to install an additional layer to compensate.
Checking your pipes
You should also make sure that your pipes are in good working order. There is nothing worse than a broken or burst pipe – especially during freezing weather!
This includes any of the tank’s conduits, underfloor lines or external drainage pipes used for central heating.
On this note, be sure to also look at your property’s exterior generally. Keeping an eye out for any broken tiles on the roof or cracks in the walls, as these are prime spots for heat to escape. Not to mention that they could potentially worsen in the future
Checking your radiators
Finally, it is also important to remember any simple and routine tasks that can help to improve your home’s heat output. This includes releasing air that has become trapped inside the radiator by bleeding it.
When this is regularly carried out, it can help to prevent cold spots as well as guarantee that your radiators are running efficiently.
Checking your boiler
The final, and perhaps most important, item on this checklist is to ensure that your regularly have your boiler checked and serviced.
There is nothing worse than losing your heating or hot water. Especially during winter or, even worse, a storm!