There’s no denying it. Autumn is here, the Indian summer we were all hoping for has eluded us and now it’s time to get our homes ready for Autumn (and Winter!). For those of you thinking about getting your home ready for Autumn, here’s what you need to do:
Check for any drafts and insulate
Check for any drafts around windows and doors and seal them up. If you haven’t already had your roof insulated, the time to act is now. A quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so having good loft and wall cavity insulation could do wonders for keeping the house warm and saving energy. Have a look into the various government grants and schemes that subsidise insulation installation.
Check your roof, gutters and drainpipes
Make sure your gutters are not clogged, clean them out if need be and check for any breakages. Have a check of the roof to make sure there are no issues there – like loose or missing tiles.
Service or upgrade your boiler
The last thing you want is a bust boiler when the temperatures drop – living in a fridge and having cold showers is most definitely not fun! Get your boiler serviced and if your boiler is reaching 15 years of age it might be time to get a new one. Consider getting a pay monthly boiler like the Ideal Logic+ 30kW COMBI Boiler which only heats the water you need on demand, saving you money on your annual energy bill. It also helps the environment, through the efficient use of gas. This might also be a useful time to look at which thermostat is right for your home.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
When was the last time you ran a test on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? Do you know if they are even working? This is so quick to do and saves lives – a no brainer in my book.
Get your garden ready
Put away anything that won’t withstand the Autumn/Winter in your shed (a good opportunity to have a final tidy up in there too). Mow the lawn, rake up those leaves and consider putting down a net over your lawn to catch them so the lawn doesn’t die underneath them over Winter. Bring in any year round pots inside if they need to be and don’t forget to plant those spring bulbs from next month. And don’t forget to turn off any exterior taps so they don’t freeze up.
Invest in some cosies and get the slow cooker out
Make sure you have plenty of fluffy blankets, some snuggling pyjamas and some extra warm slippers to keep you all toasty; enjoy some reverse lie-ins, have some decadent smelling candles to light, and start working that slow cooker mamas!
Are you getting your home ready for Autumn? Do share in a comment below.
And now for the exciting bit!
Here’s your chance to win some four different gorgeous smelling Autumn candles to enjoy over the coming months.
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