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How to Beat the Winter Freeze


If you’ve moved home recently, you never really know how well your home is going to keep your family protected, healthy, and secure until winter rolls around.


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Now the chill is well and truly here and people are scrambling to do what they can to stay warm. Rather than spend your entire budget on heating, here, we’re going to look at how you can make your home a lot easier to keep warm in the winter.




Get your heating checked out



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First and foremost, if you’re in a new home, you definitely need to have your heating looked at by a technician. Even if you’re not, an annual heating servicing can make sure that no issues have popped up. If your heating system starts to experience any issues, it can lead to problems with keeping your home warm, whether it’s in your boiler, the radiators, or elsewhere. You want to make sure these problems are solved before the new year because that’s when the chill is really here to stay.




Set your thermostat right



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Your heating might be working well enough, but you might not be using it as effectively as possible. If your thermostat isn’t set at the right temperature, then you might either be spending too much money to keep your home heated by making it work overtime, or you might not have it on when you do need it. A smart thermostat can make it a lot easier to manage and can take a lot of the messing around out of the equation. If you have a manual one, it’s worth noting that turning it down even a single degree can make a major difference with year-round savings.



Don’t let heat escape



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Aside from how you heat up your home, you also need to think about how you keep the heat in there, as well. For one, you need to eliminate any air gaps. If you feel a draught coming from your windows, it might be time for a replacement, and choices like uPVC windows can make a real difference in terms of energy efficiency. Otherwise, you should make sure that your home has the insulation that it needs, especially in the attic, where heat is likely to escape as it rises if it’s allowed to.



Watch out for your water



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Pay extra attention to your pipes during the winter. If you have any exposed pipes, then you may want to consider getting them insulated. Otherwise, make sure that you run your taps at least a couple of times each day. Otherwise, trapped water can freeze, leading to the pipes expanding, which greatly increases the chance of them bursting. Burst pipes are costly to repair, especially if they come with water damage to the surrounding parts of the house, not to mention spreading dampness and mould.



As we all know, fuel is only getting more expensive, so it’s becoming more and more important to keep your home efficient in its heating. Hopefully, the tips above will help you do that. I'm off to check my home for all these things now too!


Go well,


Abi

xxx



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