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At this time of year, we are all keeping a careful eye on that problem part of our home. We know that the things we rely on will always pick the worst possible time to break down. Your boiler will decide to give up the ghost on the coldest day of the year. Something will start leaking when you have your entire family over to stay.
The oven will pack up just as you are about to put your Sunday dinner on. You can never choose when these issues occur, but you can make sure that you are taking steps to keep everything working and that you know who to call if something goes wrong. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Improve Your Insulation
We do not need to tell you that it can be hard to make sure that your home is staying warm during the colder months. There is nothing more frustrating than looking at a sky-high heating bill and knowing that you have been doing all that you can to be responsible and cost-effective with your usage.
Proper insulation makes a huge difference in keeping that heat in your home and it will cut down on your bills. If your home does not have double glazing, then it is absolutely time to invest. If you have an attic or a cellar, find out if you could do more to insulate them as they are often major culprits in energy loss.
Get Your Boiler Checked
Here is something that you really should have done by the time you are reading this, but if you have not yet got your boiler checked by a professional this winter: you need to schedule an appointment. There have been reports of delays and you do not want to find yourself with a faulty boiler when the weather is bad. The dangers go beyond simply not having hot water. There are safety issues that you need to consider too, so get it checked.
You may also want to consider upgrading to a newer greener model. Getting a new boiler fitted can be a stressful experience so it is well worth finding a plumbing and heating team that you can trust. Three Counties Plumbing and Heating are a trusted family plumbers’ business in Aylesbury that put customer service first.
Check Your Guttering And Roofing
The British winter is not just bitterly cold, it also brings torrential rains and high winds with it as we already saw with Storm Arwen. With extreme weather events becoming more and more frequent in the UK, you want to make sure that your roof and your gutters are going to be able to handle the strain.
Keeping your gutters clear is something that you need to take seriously, but if you are going to do it yourself you need to make sure that you are taking the proper safety precautions. Never do fixes on the roof alone and get hold of the proper equipment before you get started.