How to winter-proof your home and garden

It's time to get your home ready for winter

It's time to get your home ready for winter - Credit: Archant

Temperatures have taken a chilly turn, and as we dig out our hats and scarves we should spare a thought for the effect the cold may have on our homes and gardens.

As luck would have it, Bosch Home and Garden have compiled a list of tips to stop the cold from taking its toll on your property – and your heating bills.

1. Protect your patio furniture and tools

If you have a garden shed then shelter or at least cover up outdoor furniture such as your tables and chairs and your BBQ to avoid potential rust. Also, lock away the garden tools you won’t be using over the winter, for safekeeping and to protect them from the weather.

2. Clear out the gutters

It’s important to give your gutters a clear-out to make sure they’re free of sticks, leaves and mud. Overflowing and blocked gutters can drench walls and cause long-term damage to your property.

3. Seal the gaps, cracks and draughts

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To prevent chilly air from entering the home, seal cracks and gaps around doorframes, windows and walls using inexpensive strips of insulation, caulk or foam filler for larger areas. Check for draughts too, and cover with draught excluders.

4. Give your radiators some TLC

There’s a myth that bleeding radiators is a difficult task when actually it’s easy - and essential to keep your home warm this winter. A quick way to tell if your radiator needs bleeding is if it’s cooler at the top or at the bottom.

Use a bleed key to turn the valve at the top of the radiator anti-clockwise until you hear the hissing sound of the air. Have a cloth ready for any water that drips and once the water begins to flow, tighten the valve back up again!

5. Insulation is key

If you live in a modern property insulation is less of a worry. If not then insulation is key and can make a huge difference in ensuring heat remains in your home - cutting the cost of your energy bills. A quarter of the heat in your home can be lost through insufficient insulation in the loft alone.

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