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Each winter, we should look to do some maintenance on our properties, to prevent major costs in the long run, and keep them warm and running their best.
Below are 4 tips for improving and readying your home for the winter months ahead.
Bleed your radiators
You can have the best heating system in the world, but if your house isn’t insulated properly, you’re wasting money.
Check your radiators are heating to the top. If they aren’t, the chances are you will likely need to bleed your radiators. (For those who don’t know how to, check this ‘how to’.)
Bleeding a radiator is all about releasing the trapped air at the top, which is stopping the hot water from rising. Simply use a radiator bleed key (you can buy these at any DIY shop) to open the little valve at the top. You’ll hear air hissing, and as soon as you see a drip of water, close it up again. Sorted. Energy-efficient radiators and warmth! Consult a heating specialist early on for bigger problems.
A little DIY trick for feeling the heat faster; try covering a thin sheet of card with tinfoil and place it behind your radiators. It’ll reflect the heat back into your rooms, meaning they warm up faster and retain more heat. If DIY isn’t your thing, you can also buy ready made foil insulation to do the same job!
This one is super simple but very effective; if your home has a draught, patch it up. Filling in the gaps around windows and doors can help you save on your heating bills and there are easy DIY fixes. This can easily be done by picking up some window draught excluder (an insulating tape) and ensuring it sits flat and snug to your windows.
Many people also have draughts under their doors. This is also easily fixed and a little trick we like is using any spare foam pipe lagging as an excluder; just cut a section to fit the bottom of your door to form a tight seal against the floor. Of course if you prefer something more decorative, there are plenty of quirky draught excluders available to buy.
If you haven’t already, call in a loft insulation specialist and keep all that lovely warmth from escaping through the roof!
Let’s talk temperature
When it suddenly feels colder, the temptation is to turn up the thermostat all the way up, but what temperature should your house be?
The consensus is to aim to set your main room thermostat somewhere between 18°C and 21°C.
It’s also a good idea to set your thermostat to one temperature, then use a timer to control when you need the heating most. This prevents any excess energy waste from leaving the heating on too high, or for too long.
Now the temperatures are lowering, it’s time to secure, cover, or store outdoor furniture and tools. There are many WD-40 uses for cleaning and lubricating garden furniture and equipment – easily done as a DIY project without specialist help.
The elements naturally mean there is more moisture hanging around, which creates a lovely environment for slimy moss!
Untreated decking that’s not been cleaned or treated for a while looks unsightly. It’s also a real slip hazard! Don’t allow your decking, shed or fences to deteriorate over the winter months – clean them now using a jet washer and then treat them appropriately, or call in a specialist.
Gardening isn’t all flowers and green fingers. Sometimes it’s downright dirty work that needs specialist tools and an industrial attitude. Learn more about our WD-40 Specialist Lawn & Garden.