It’s that time of year when the temperature starts to drop which means ice and snow starts to make an appearance. Here at Thompson & Parkes we’ve created some practical tips that can help protect your home for the cold weather!
The cold can cause many issues both inside & outside the home so it’s important to make sure your home is protected.
Insulate your pipes
Outdoor pipes can freeze or even burst in times of cold weather after a period without being used. Before the cold weather sets in check for water pipes that run close to outside walls, as well as pipes in unheated spaces or garages where they will get cold as these are most at risk of freezing.
Pipes inside your house put fibreglass insulation between the pipes and the wall to help keep them warm.
Pipes running in unheated spaces and outdoor areas should be covered with insulation. Preformed pipe sleeve insulation shaped to go right around a copper water pipe is an inexpensive option.
Invest in radiator foil
A huge amount of heat from the radiator is lost to the wall behind it. Specialist radiator foil placed down the back of a radiator will reflect heat back into a room rather than letting it escape through the walls of the house.
Draught proof your home
If you’re spending more on heating your home, you want to be sure that none of the heat is escaping through cracks & gaps. Insulating your home will not only keep you and your home warm and healthy but will also help keep yours costs down.
Fit foam or brush pile seals around windows and doors to close any gaps.
Letter boxes are a major sources of draughts so fit a seal ideally with an internal and external cover.
Make sure you’re that your loft has at least 10-11 inches of insulation.
If you have wall cavities – make sure that they are insulated too.
An annual service is a good idea for your central heating system to ensure that it is working as efficiently as possible and reduce the chance of a breakdown at an inconvenient time. To make sure that your radiators are pumping out as much heat as possible bleed them every couple of months over the winter & remove any obstructions, such as heavy curtains or large furniture.
Home Heating Safety
During the winter gas boilers, fires, wood burners and other types of fuel-burning appliances are constantly working properly and that flues and chimneys are not blocked. Carbon Monoxide (CO) can be emitted from inadequately maintained or badly fitted domestic heating appliances.
It’s a good idea to fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any room that contains a fuel burning appliance.
Here at Thompson & Parkes we are happy to talk you through the best solutions and products to help prevent the cold causing issues both inside and outside your house or business premises. Pop in to talk to us or call us on: 01562 745881
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