Replace your boiler
If your boiler is more than 15 years old, upgrading it could be a worthwhile long-term investment. A condensing boiler could save you up to 25% on heating bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Clean your gutters
Autumn leaves might look pretty, but they can cause havoc with your gutters. Trapped rainwater can freeze and expand, causing damage in the process, and if water is running down the side of your house you may also get problems with damp. Clear out the gutters and if possible add wire mesh or a leaf-guard filter to prevent future issues.
Check your roof
Before the rainy season really begins, check your roof for any loose tiles and replace them to avoid possible leaks.
Fit draught excluders
Houses lose a lot of heat from poorly fitted doors and windows. Screw draught excluders to the bottom of your front door and over your letterbox, and fit a keyhole cover in front of your lock. If you have sash windows it may be worth getting them professionally draught-proofed to save on costly heating bills.
Check your pipes
Dealing with a frozen or burst pipe in the middle of winter is not fun. Make sure all your pipes are lagged and fix any dripping taps to stop water from leaking into the pipes and freezing.
What to look for in a property
If you are buying property and want to ensure your new home will be weatherproof, here are some questions to ask the sellers:
- Can they explain the Energy Performance Certificate?
- Have there been any issues with the boiler and when was it last replaced? Is it covered with lagging?
- Is there loft insulation?
- How new or sturdy are the drains and guttering? Have there been any issues with damp?
- What are the average monthly heating bills?
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