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Winter Proofing Your Home (Part Two)

Suspects

Onwards from part one, we are going to give you several more tips on how you can properly winter proof your home in a more affordable and eco-friendly way in part two of ‘Winter Proofing Your Home”.

The Usual Suspects

Keeping an eye on the usual suspects that result in air leaks is the best way to stay on top of any insulation problems. While you might replace your rickety windows with proper uPVC windows, you can’t stop the leakage if you don’t take care of the other nooks and crannies around the house, which means the attic rafters, attic hatch, any wiring holes or plumbing vents, etc. Caulking the seams can help in ridding the house of any cold wind you might feel.

socksMind that Gutter

Cleaning the gutter should be your priority when it comes to winter proofing your home. The reason why cleaning gutters for winter are necessary is because if the debris isn’t removed, it can freeze and damage the gutter itself. Also, if your gutter isn’t clean then it can become a hot-bed for moss and algae which can permanently damage the gutter by causing rot.

Turn Down the Heat

Even with all these tips, we’re sure the one thing you’ll forget is the thermostat. Program your thermostat to only turn on if the temperature drops below 68 degree Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, then invest in one. You’ll thank us, even in the summer.

Let Your Radiator Bleed

There isn’t anything creepy about letting your radiator bleed, even if it sounds like it. Bleeding your radiator means releasing the trapped air that is causing it to be colder at the top. Since it probably stays idle during the winter, doing so can increase the workings of your heating. You can find out how by clicking here!

Check Your Roof

Cracked or missing tiles can allow mold to grow underneath the shingles, causing damage to the inner structure of your home. Check your roof to make sure that all is in proper working order, and if you cannot do so, then call a professional who can inspect your roof for you.

filterFilter Your Furnace

Furnace filters become dirty overtime, which in turn affects the air and ventilation system of the house by making it work hard, thus costing money. However, filters are really easy to clean, and by doing so, you will only be making your furnace work more efficiently. All you’ll need is a little elbow grease and the wind on your side to clear out the dust particles.

Finally, if you find it difficult to apply these tips, then it is best you call a professional. Although they will take money for their services, it won’t be as much if you have to get your house repaired later. So go ahead, get those right uPVC windows and doors from Oridow, have our professionals fix them up and enjoy your time in your home knowing that you took the smart decisions in winter proofing your house.

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