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Preparing the Home for Winter

As winter rolls around, you may be concerned about how to best look after your property. Changes in the weather, as well as needing to use heating for the first time in months, can cause problems, or exacerbate ones that are already there.

Considering how quickly the weather seems to change from lush summer warmth, when it isn’t raining, to icy cold breezes and frost-bitten mornings, you may not have a lot of time to prepare for the contrasting transition. Even so, they are incredibly important to helping you keep your home safe, and avoid hefty repair bills should the worst-case scenarios become a reality.

Check Your Energy Bills

Gas, electric, and oil bills can be a lot higher in the winter months. Due to this, it can be a good idea to shop around for a few quotes to check that you are getting the best deal possible for your usage. Going directly to a company to explore your options, such as emo.ie, can also sometimes give you better results than using a price comparison website. Unless you are locked into a contract, there is no harm in switching your provider. You will also be able to switch again at a later date if you find a better offer.

Depending on if you receive any state benefits, you may also be entitled to government grants, which is essentially money that goes towards your bills. This may either be paid to you, or to your energy supplier directly. Know what you are entitled to.

Check Your Boiler

If your system runs on gas, one of the first jobs when winter approaches is to check the boiler. Starting your heating and checking your radiators are working efficiently comes into this too. It is much better to get a qualified repairman out for your gas boiler now, than to pay over the odds for an emergency technician should your boiler fail to start when you really need it.

In addition to this, it is also best to have your boiler serviced on a yearly basis. This can help you keep it in good condition. Small repairs here and there can be a lot easier to manage than a large bill should it need replacing entirely.

Keep an Eye on Your Gutters

Outside of your home, the gutters help carry rainwater from your roofing and down into the drains. Their job is fairly simple, but definitely a necessity. Should the guttering become clogged with leaves, nests, or other debris, this water will not be able to escape so easily. If this occurs, it is possible for the water to start building up, causing flooding and even damage to the foundations of your home. Cleaning your gutters or, if that isn’t possible, finding a specialist company to clean them for you, negates this risk, and means you don’t need to worry about the possible costs of water damage in your home.

Looking after your home as you head into winter can help you enjoy the cooler weather a bit more. A warm, well looked after home can be especially wonderful to come back to after a long day at work or taking care of other commitments.