As an extension of last month’s Blog Post ‘5 Essential Autumn Home Maintenance Jobs’ we look at further ways you can improve your home this Autumn.
Paint and Protect your Exterior Walls
Choosing to paint your exterior now will unravel any damages or exposed areas your property would likely succumb to come, Winter. It will also provide an extra layer of protection when faced with Winter elements.
If you have a high-pressure cleaner, it may be a good idea to give the outside of your house a good clean to prevent the build up of dirt, cobwebs, mould, etc. Take care around windows, doors, vents, and pipes to prevent water penetration of internal spaces.
If you notice drips or water stains running down your internal walls, this is a sign of water ingress somewhere. Locating where the water is getting in can sometimes be a little tricky, but this is a situation that deserves immediate attention as it will continue to get worse if ignored.
Draught proofing is the most important step you can take to improve the efficiency of retaining heat in your home while reducing your energy usage.
You should check the rubber seals around your windows and doors for any damage caused by wear and tear. If you notice any damage, you should replace them immediately. Seals will also provide you with that extra comfort during Winter.
If you have any gaps between the bottom of your doors, you can buy either a brush or hinged flap draught excluder.
Rugs and Flooring
Some flooring options may seem perfect for the Summer months but are cold on the feet during the Winter.
There are many options with some fairing better than others depending on climate. From solid timber, vinyl, cork, laminate, and natural stone to tiling.
A good quality woollen rug is a cheaper solution to reduce some of the escaping heat from the floor. Woollen rugs are great insulators whilst giving your feet that comfort and cosy feeling. Just make sure the rug is large enough to provide a good barrier between your feet and the floor.
Speak to your local Hubby about what flooring options may be a viable solution for you.
Curtains are another simple way of preventing heat loss. You can also purchase year-round curtains that work in both the Winter and Summer. To help prevent heat loss, there should be at least two layers of fabric between the curtain and the lining.
Ask you local Hubby for a quote to come and install some curtains. They can help save a further 10% of heat loss from your home!
An unused chimney is a common way for heat to escape. If you have a chimney you are not using, you should consider having it capped (if you don’t use it) or installing a removable chimney balloon. A removable chimney balloon expands inside the chimney which acts as a protective layer in stopping excess heat loss from escaping.
Additionally, if you have a chimney which you do use, you should have it professionally serviced once a year to reduce the chances of any unwanted fires.
Give your garden a general clean-up. Rake up fallen leaves and any garden waste. Declutter your garden of any outdoor furniture by packing it away or disposing of it. Decluttering doesn’t need to be overwhelming or time-consuming. The quickest method is simple – if you don’t use it and it has no joy or value, remove it.
By following these tips, you are ensuring your home is in the best shape possible for Winter.
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