January 21, 2021

5 Ways To Protect Your Home In Winter

A study conducted by Firstbeat revealed that Brits are most stressed during November and December and least stressed during August and it’s no wonder.

5 Ways To Protect Your Home In Winter

A study conducted by Firstbeat revealed that Brits are most stressed during November and December and least stressed during August and it’s no wonder.

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On top of meeting end of year deadlines, preparing for Christmas and putting up with the common cold, winter weather often causes or amplifies problems with homes.

Here are the Top 5 Most Common Home Problems Caused by Winter:

Frozen Pipes

How to un-freeze your boiler pipes

During winter, the water in your pipes can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, putting your pipes at risk of bursting when they thaw.

A simple way to prevent this is by defrosting your pipes by pouring warm (not boiling) water over them over using your heating regularly.

Roof Problems

Strong wind and heavy rain can loosen roof tiles and make them more vulnerable to falling or breaking. This can then lead to leaks in your home, so it is essential that you get them patched up as soon as possible.

According to a 2019 study conducted by Boiler Guide, January and December are the months when the most boiler breakdowns happen.

This is because over summer, your boiler is used much less. When boilers have remained inactive for a while, the system can become stagnant and develop blockages, leading to issues and breakdowns.

If your boiler is on the blink, wherever you are in the country, don’t hesitate to get a fixed quote on a new boiler installation with flexible finance plans such as 0% apr for 2 years and £10.32/month for 10 years (9.9% APR).

Broken Boilers

Is your boiler not working? We have a great information on identifying if this is going to be a costly issue or not.

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Mold

In winter, we are less likely to open our windows and doors in the same way we do in summer as no one likes the thought of letting the cold in your nice warm home.

However, because all the warmth and moisture is trapped inside, condensation can form which allows bacteria to thrive, as there’s nothing bateria loves more than a warm and moist area to grow.

High energy bills

It’s not unusual for energy bills to creep up during winter, after all, we do use our heating much more to stay warm. However, other factors such as draughts can also increase the amount of energy required to heat your home.

Almost a third of heat lost in uninsulated homes escapes through the loft/roof. Insulating your home can reduce this heat loss and save you up to £160 a year on energy bills.

Other ways to reduce your energy bills include using your thermostat more effectively, changing your habits and others which can be found in iHeat’s helpful guide.

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