Cozy Christmas

If you’re expecting a white Christmas, it’s time to make sure your house is warm and cosy. There’s nothing worse than a chilly abode, so turn up the heating, whip out the blankets and arrange plumbing insurance.

Here are 5 ways to keep your house toasty this winter:

1. Check your boiler

In between singing carols and baking mince pies you might want to get your boiler checked. If you’re heating breaks, you’ll know about it so get your central heating checked by an engineer on the Gas Safe Register. It’s best to solve small issues early, so they don’t become big problems down the line.

2. Bleed your radiator

Before the cold weather hits, take the time to bleed your radiator.

All you have to do is turn the central heating off, place a towel underneath the heater and get to work. Simply enter the bleed key into the bleed valve and turn it anticlockwise. If you hear a hissing sound, it’s the trapped air making its way out of the pipes – this is a sign that you’re doing things right. When water starts to leak out of the valve you can tighten it back up and turn the heating back on.

3. Seal up drafts

If you’ve drafts blowing round your house it’s time for a bit of DIY. Seal up cracks around doors and windows and make sure you replace any chipped glass. You might not notice a breeze in summer but you’ll certainly notice the icy winds of winter.

Drafts can also rack up huge electricity bills, so carry out all necessary repairs.

4. Insulate your loft

According to government guidelines every loft should have between 10 – 11 inches of insulation, so it’s wise to check things out.

If your loft is poorly insulated, cold air will come in and it’ll be difficult to trap heat. Therefore, why not call in a professional to add extra padding, or carry out the work yourself? It shouldn’t be a huge job but you’ll have to cut and measure materials accurately.

5. Insulate your pipes

Arctic conditions can cause your water pipes to burst, so always make sure they’re well insulated. Wrap your plumbing in lagging a purchase insulating jackets for cold water cylinders and hot water tanks. A burst pipe can prove extremely costly and might even flood you house. So don’t take any risks and always opt for water cover.

The festive season is rapidly approaching, so why not carry out a bit of DIY?

Please feel free to share any tips you have found useful!