>> Friday, August 10, 2012
Once the winter season begins, staying indoors becomes more preferred for obvious reasons. The cold, rain, sleet and snow can be unbearable and the home is best sanctuary against these elements. And while the home serves as our refuge during the winter season, it is also our duty to take care of it. There are several ways to ensure that your house is in good condition especially when it is winter. Here are some tips:
Keep it Warm. Ensure that you central heating is working properly by checking your radiators. If the radiator is cold, it indicates that a pin in the thermostatic value has encountered a problem. On the other hand, a warm radiator indicates its need for “bleeding”. You might also want to go for Radiant Floor Heating Kits if you need additional source of heat.
Check for Draughts, Cracks and Leaks. This is to make sure that the heating does not exit your house. You do not want to waste your money on a heating system that can’t serve its purpose because of draughts and leaks. Make sure that your windows are robust enough to keep the brisk wind away.
Regulate the Heat. While keeping warm in the winter is a priority, make sure that your home is not a fire hazard to the community. Keep any flammable materials away from your electric heaters. Moreover, find a qualified chimney sweep to take care of your chimneys. Make sure too that your smoke alarm is working properly.
Prevent Burst Pipes. Frozen and burst pipes is a major cause of problem when it happens. Make sure that all your pipes are insulated so that heat gets into the rarely used rooms of your home like the attic. If leaving the home, keep your heating on low. While some believe that heating your home when no one is around is a waste of money, it is the best preventive measure against burst pipes and damaged homes.