The winds of winter have defeated many great men and become the enemy of many homes worldwide. A vicious chill or draft is the main weapon of these winds, as they seek any opening in your home that they can plunge their icy breath into.
Despite it being cold outside, and really cold at that, you don’t have to fall prey to winter. If you already are, then it’s time to stand up and fight. Protecting your home from winter doesn’t have to be an arduous task, but it can be if you choose to delay. There are plenty of New Year’s resolutions you can undertake for your home, but if your forget to winterproof it, you’ll be too cold to act on these!
First things first - let’s talk about your windows. If you are windows are sticking to the old school and only have a single pane, cold is going to penetrate them. It might be worth looking for a double-glazed option. There are plenty of choices on the market, but upgrading to double the panes in your window isn’t only going to keep the cold out, it’s going to keep warmth in. That’s going to save you a lot of money, and in the long-term, this upgrade could very well pay for itself. That goes for most of these methods of protecting your home from winter. They are going to offer insulation and stop you losing heat. This means you can actually turn your heating off at some point and start saving!
In terms of a practical, right-now solution, it’s time to get the grit out. Removing ice and snow from your personal footpaths is an absolute must. It’s going to be a danger every time you decide to step out of your house, and a serious accident is always a slip away. There are many ways to do this, from simply sweeping snow away to the more advanced chemical based solutions for ice. It’s worth doing and gives you peace of mind quite easily. Don’t leave it up to chance.
It’s not only changing your windows that can save your home from the cold but the roof as well. Old roofs are susceptible to the prying fingers of the cold. Now, you can insulate your loft to defeat the chill’s bite, but what about your conservatory with its thin glass? Luckily there are options like a Guardian Roof available which offer a heavy-set tiled finish rather than the classic thin glass finish. There’ll be no more condensation dripping from your roof; that’s for sure. As for traditional roofs in the main home, loft conversions are an expensive option, but can give you a whole new room!
There’s plenty of ways you can protect your home from winter. You’ve got it on your shoulders now to decide which option is best for you and your home. Find the weaknesses that the cold can exploit and defend them.