Top DIY Tips For The Winter
Top DIY Tips For The Winter
With winter on the approach, it’s a good idea to make sure that you and your home are fully prepared. Instead of spending a fortune on your energy bill, follow these simple DIY tips and rake the savings in.
Doors and Windows
When you read ‘blocking draughts’, you probably think about installing draught excluders for doors but that’s only the start. Your keyhole and letterbox are also contributors to the the cold. Covers specifically designed for keyholes and brushes for the inside of the letterbox are widely available and are easy to install. An often overlooked way cold seeps in is through the glass in windows, especially large windows. Consider picking up thermal curtains for rooms you spend a lot of time in. Thermal curtains are quite cheap, incredibly easy to install and are available in a plethora of colours, styles and sizes.
Walls and Loft Hatch
Another major way draughts bring down the temperature of your home is through cracks in the walls and the loft hatch. Always fill in wall cracks using a hard setting filler such as cement. If you spot any large cracks in the walls, seek professional help from a builder to ensure there aren’t any structural issues with your home. Dealing with your loft hatch is much easier. Just use self adhesive foam strips around your loft hatch in order to stop the warm air in your home escaping up into the cold loft.
Chimneys and Fireplaces
Chimneys and fireplaces are significant contributors to draughts and cold. If you’re not planning on using your fireplace, the chimney is an unnecessary addition to your energy bill. Consider installing a cap over the top of the chimney. This is best left to a professional, however you could opt for a simple chimney draught excluder, which can be fitted either within the chimney itself or can be fitted around the fireplace. Whichever you opt for, always have the insulator removed before attempting to light a fire.
Skirting Boards and Floorboards
You’ll often find that gaps in skirting and floorboards also allow for draughts and cold. As wood expands and contracts with heat, always use a flexible silicone based filler to seal any cracks or gaps. Fillers are available in a variety of colours and some are only intended for use either inside or outside. Check that the filler is suitable for the job before buying.
The most important thing to remember is that you home will still need ventilation. Make sure not to cover any vents built for ventilation purposes such as wall vents or floor vents.
Insulate Your Loft
Many home don’t have the current standard of loft insulation. Any loft should have a minimum of 27cm thick insulation. Check how thick your current insulation is and if it’s below the minimum, consider adding more insulation. Installing loft insulation yourself is a doddle if there aren’t any issues with damp or mold. If you spot either, get a professional in to deal with it immediately.
Arrange to have your boiler checked by a licensed gas professional before winter sets in. A boiler not working at full capacity can be a nightmare that ends up costing you a fortune. Worse yet, if it packs in over the Christmas period, you’ll have a hard time finding an engineer willing to tome and fix it.
Following these simple DIY tips, you’ll be well prepared for the winter and potentially save a fortune.