Watching the grass turn a brilliant orange and sunset yellow as it gets covered by falling leaves, is my seasonal signpost that says, “goodbye Summer and hello Autumn.” As we edge closer to the winter months it’s time to lock up the garden furniture and think about the inside of the house. Perhaps it is the stereotypical cynicism of the English or the fact that the English weather changes it’s mind more times than a tree sheds leaves, but either way, preparing your house for the cold is always a safe bet. Which is why, at Renovize Homes, we’ve decided to share with you our top tips on how to get your home ready for Autumn.
Check your roof
It may seem like an obvious one, but so often we hear from customers who are experiencing surprise leaks from external weather damage done to their roof. It may seem like the roof is a fixed solid, but often weather damage or falling debris can cause cracked, slipped or even missing tiles, as well as damage to the soffits and gutters. When and if you can, it is a good idea to use a clear, calm day to check your roof. Or get in contact with a local building company, at Renovize Homes we offer a free assessment of your roof, taking pictures so you can see what your roof really looks like. By regularly checking up on your roof and fixing the small damages, you can save yourself thousands as in most scenarios roofs that have not been checked for several years sometimes need to be completely replaced. This, of course, is a very expensive ordeal. In order to save yourself a headache and get prepared for autumn and the frostier months, we seriously recommend getting your roof checked as soon as you can.
Check your windows
Again, this may seem like a silly one but we find that many of our customers are unaware of just how much heat they’re losing by not having double or triple glazed windows. In fact, a report by FMB states that a “single glass of window can lose almost 10 times as much heat as an insulated wall.” That amount can be drastically minimised if only people added a secondary glaze to their windows. We offer a bespoke service so that you can thicken your glass whilst still maintaining the characteristic features of your window. This small service will save you hundreds on your energy bills, as you can stop the heat escaping.
Check your boiler
Usually, the boiler has a funny habit of giving up the ghost on people in the middle of winter. I don’t know about you, but freezing showers in the morning do the opposite of making me feel ready for the day, instead, I have to fight the urge to get back into bed. To avoid this and save yourself a ton of money in the long run, Sedbuck recommend checking your boiler frequently and changing to a newer model if older than 8 years old. Otherwise, you end up paying a lot more than what it costs to replace over the years on maintenance and fixing costs. Regular inspections keep your energy costs down, and who doesn’t like the sound of that? It also means, bubble baths when it’s raining outside and hot showers to warm you up for the day.
September is a great month to analyse what you have and what you need to do before the weather drastically changes. It pays to keep on top of things and what may seem like an unnecessary cost now, will pay off in the long run. It also ensures you keep your monthly energy bills low and coincides with helping the environment as well. so win-win!