How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

With the cost of living rising here in the UK, it’s no surprise that we’re trying to keep our growing energy bills to a minimum while doing what we can to keep our homes warm as the temperatures tumble.

The great news is that there are a number of ways you can get your home ready for winter, including high-performance insulation of walls and pipes, sealing all gaps and cracks, and investing in underfloor heating. Let’s look at these in more detail…

Here are 5 ways you can get your home ready for winter:

  1. Seal all gaps and cracks
  2. Get your roof inspected
  3. Protect your pipes
  4. Upgrade insulation
  5. Install radiant floor heating

 

1. Seal All Gaps And Cracks

One of the easiest things you can do to winter-proof your home is to seal any gaps and cracks that could be an entry point for cold air. Ensuring your home is properly sealed not only keeps the chill outside where it belongs, but it also helps long-term home energy savings on your heating costs. 

Even tiny holes where phone lines or cable wires enter your house can be easy access or cold air, so get yourself a can of foam insulation and seal them up before the freezing weather hits.

In addition to keeping cold air out, you also want to be keeping warm air in. Windows and doors are the worst culprits for letting precious warm air escape, so it’s important to focus on winter-proofing these points.

sealing gaps to get home ready for winter
You can use weather stripping or caulking to remedy any cracks around your doors and windows, and use draft stoppers on doors and windows to prevent cold air from escaping.

2. Get Your Roof Inspected

Winter storms, including downpours of heavy rain and hail, are known for causing havoc on roofs, so it’s crucial that you identify and repair any damage or loose tiles before things get worse. 

A well-maintained roof with intact shingles, tiles, and seals will help to prevent water leaks when those heavy storms come. Without this, water infiltration will damage the inside of your home, including the ceilings, walls, and even insulation.

You’ll also want to spend some time cleaning your gutters, which play a key role in directing water away from your roof. Over time, gutters unintentionally collect leaves and debris which can lead to blockage, leading to pooling on the roof and mould. 

 

3. Protect Your Pipes

Pipes can become a real issue in the winter months, which can sometimes cost a small fortune if anything goes seriously wrong with them. 

One of the main issues during the colder weather is the possibility for water in pipes to freeze. When water freezes, it expands and can therefore lead to burst pipes, causing significant water damage to walls, floors, ceilings and of course, your belongings. 

Not only is this water damage expensive to repair, but it can also result in mould growing inside your home, compromising the air quality inside.

The best way to protect your pipes is with pipe insulators. These are materials used to cover and protect pipes from heat loss or gain, designed to reduce the transfer of thermal energy between the pipe and its surroundings.

Some of the most common materials used for pipe insulation include foam, mineral wool, reflective foil, and even fibreglass. 

This brings us nicely onto our next point…

 

4. Upgrade Insulation

Pipes aren’t the only thing that should be insulated in preparation for the winter. Insulating your home is absolutely essential when it comes to improving home energy efficiency, comfort, and cost savings.

This is because insulation acts as a barrier that works to reduce the transfer of heat between the outside and inside of your home. In the colder months, insulation keeps the warm air inside, which in turn minimises the amount you need to put on the heating. This results in lower energy consumption and, consequently, reduced energy costs. It’s a win win!

Insulation also helps to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. Nobody wants chilly fingertips while working from home, or seeing your breath in the morning as you get out of bed, which is where installing insulation can help massively. It prevents drafts, cold spots, and uneven heating, creating a more pleasant living environment for you and your family during the colder months.

What’s more, not only does it offer immediate energy savings but it can also boost up the resale value of your home, as energy-efficient homes are much more attractive to potential buyers. Discover more energy-efficient building designs here.

saving money after getting home ready for winter
Installing quality insulation into your home is a long-term investment.

What Are Some Energy Efficient Appliances For The Home?

On the topic of energy efficiency, energy-efficient appliances are a fantastic investment, designed to consume less energy while providing the same level of performance as their traditional counterparts.

Some common energy efficient appliances include:

  • Induction cooktops – These are much more energy-efficient than traditional electric or gas stoves, and also heat up much faster. 

If you are looking for a reliable and professional design and build company to convert or design your residential refurbishment with energy-efficiency in mind, we at Rose Line Premier Construction are here to help. Contact us today and let us bring your project to life.

 5. Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating is a heating system in your home that involves installing heating elements directly underneath the floor surface, which radiates heat upwards and in turn warms up the flooring. 

These systems are great for the winter months as they distribute heat evenly across the entire floor surface, eliminating cold areas and ensuring a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the whole room.

a radiant floor installed to get ready for winter in the home
Radiant floor heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than normal heating methods, as they typically operate at lower temperatures.

What’s more, the radiant heat remains close to floor level, preventing the loss of heat and improving overall energy efficiency.

And there we have it! We hope this guide helps when it comes to winter-proofing your home.

At Rose Line Premier, we are proud to have a reputation for delivering exceptional projects that exceed our clients’ expectations. Each and every member of the team has extensive experience in all aspects of design and building, and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship. 

Contact us today to discuss your project and arrange a consultation with our team. You can also check out our construction & design blog for more tips and tricks from our experts.

Written by Kate Jones for Rose Line Premier Construction.

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