Autumn has Arrived – is your home autumn ready?

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As autumn arrives, so does the huge pile of leaves, reduced daylight hours and a change to the clocks. Autumn seems to creep up on us every year and that means that many of us are not prepared when it comes to the home. So, what can you do to make sure you home is ready for the change in temperature and the increase in rainfall?

Improving windows and doors can make a difference

If your home has single glazed windows and wooden doors then you can be sure that you will feel the cold weather more than others. Cold draughts can cause the temperature to drop significantly in the home and so, improving the windows through installing new or ensuring that yours are fitted correctly can keep the cold weather at bay and also help to improve the efficiency of your home.

Prepare your garden

With autumn comes heavy winds and bad weather, so repairing any damaged fences or gates can prevent further problems. So look for any damaged panels or posts and replace them as soon as you can because a damaged fence that gets blown around in the wind can cause further damage to your home or the home of your neighbours.

Make sure your heating is working

We rely on our heating system once the colder months arrive. There is every possibility that your heating system has not been used for the last 4-6 months and so, you need to know if it is working. Now is the time to check your boiler and your heating system to ensure that everything is working as it should. Have it checked over by a specialist to help prevent any problems from occurring once the time comes when you really need it.

Replace broken roof tiles

Your roof is exposed to the elements all year round and over time, tiles can become damaged and loose. So, inspect your roof for any problematic tiles or signs that a problem could occur. Loose tiles can result in leaks while they could get blown off the roof and cause damage to your car or even cause injury. Ask an experienced roofer to give your roof the once over to give you peace of mind.

Improve your lighting

We lose natural light very quickly once autumn arrives, so consider creating the right ambience by adding new lighting or different bulbs. You can install spotlights, different coloured lighting, dimmer switches or smart bulbs that are times to turn on in preparation for your arrival home from work. Create a cosy room that you can hide in until autumn and winter have disappeared.

Insulation is key

Once you turn your heating on, you will want to make sure that your home retains as much heat as possible. Therefore, you will need to make sure that your home has sufficient insulation. The right insulation will keep the heat in and that will keep your home warm but will also help to keep your energy bills down.

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