You don’t have to be an expert in DIY to prepare your home for the freezing cold weather; there are several easy steps you can take to make sure your home is as Winter ready as possible.
We have put together a checklist to help you, see some key points below:
1. Protect your pipes
The best way to keep on top of pipes during the winter is to protect them with a foam layer (called lagging) which will help to prevent them freezing and bursting. Be sure to also remove any vegetation that surrounds the pipes as this can also cause damage.
2. Fit Draught excluders
Fit draught excluders to your doors and windows where possible.
3. Clear your gutters and drains
Clearing the gutters and drains is probably the last thing on your to-do list, but it’s an essential task. Debris such as leaves and mud can block the drains and once it becomes too much, it can cause leaks into the roof and walls. Making sure the gutters are clear from any possible build-up will minimise the risk of water damage.
4. Get your boiler serviced
Having no central heating over the winter period is the last thing you want to be dealing with.
So be sure to get your boiler serviced before the cold weather really kicks in.
5. Sweep the chimney
If you have a chimney, it’s important to maintain it. Many of us underestimate the severity of chimney fires and therefore forget about cleaning out the chimney. But chimney fires can occur fairly frequently during the winter months, so think about employing a professional to clean and take care of your chimney.
6. Get insulation
Typically, you can save near €200 per year on your energy bills by having insulation installed, according to the SEAI.
Around a quarter of heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to begin. Cavity wall insulation is also worth considering.
7. Stock up on fuel or heating supply
Have an adequate supply of fuel for heating/cooking and if possible, a suitable alternative should the main supply fail.