Get your home ready for winter

As we’re approaching the end of summer many people’s thoughts will change to the winter months and the holiday season, but are you ready for the cold months that lie ahead?

When you think of the winter months you can’t help but think about money. Ramped up energy costs due to the cold weather and time off from work normally means that extra money will probably be spent.

So here are some quick tips on how you can “winterize” your home to try and reduce the extra costs:

Clean out the gutters

Make sure that the gutters around your home are clean as they will tend to block up during the fall due to falling leaves and other debris.

If you don’t clean out the gutters then you risk your drains catching rain water which can then freeze and form an ice dam. If not dealt with, blocked gutters can seriously harm your home if water ends up dripping into the house.

Fix any leaky pipes

Whilst checking the structure of your home and checking the guttering, make sure that you fix any leaky pipes so that water can safely flow inside and outside of your property.

Fix any drafty windows or doors

In order to prevent heat loss you should make sure that all drafty windows and doors are checked and fixed accordingly. You should also check that your walls have proper insulation and that there are no cracks.

Heat loss during the winter months can seriously bump up the cost of your electricity bill so it’s important that this is addressed.

Investigate your furnace

Make sure your furnace is clean and working efficiently before the winter months arrive, you can try to do this yourself by carrying out some research, but you should get this carried out by a professional at least once a year.

You should also check the furnaces’ air filters as frequently as once a month, as clogged air filters will impact the air flow and reduce efficiency that may cost you money.

Deal with your fireplace

If you have a fireplace then it’s a good idea to close the damper when the fireplace is not being used. By closing the damper you are trying to prevent cold wintery air from entering your home.

Reverse the ceiling fans

This is a tip that many people don’t think of, by reversing your ceiling fans it helps to push hot air downloads to delay the warm air from escaping, it helps to keep you warmer by re-circulating the hot air.

I hope the above tips will help you to “winterize” your home and save some cash this winter.

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This article was written by Andreas, who is a personal finance blogger for moneysupermarket.com.

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