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How to Weatherproof Your Home This Winter

How to Weatherproof Your Home This Winter

If you are the kind of person who always expects the worst, you can never be disappointed. The fact is that you will need to be prepared for extreme weather more every year, as per the statistics. Whether your house is on a hill, close to the shores, or in the way of the main storms, you will need to be ready come rain or shine. In the winter season, it is more important to pay attention to the details. Find out more below.

Secondary Glazing

In case you have noticed cold patches in your home and you have older windows, you will have two options. You might get them replaced with a more efficient one, but this will create a lot of mess and leave you with a huge bill to pay in the next few years. Alternatively, if you are on a shoestring budget, you can get secondary glazing units or draught excluder foil installed, so you can stay safe and warm inside during the extreme cold.

Heating Maintenance

It might also be time to get your heating and air conditioning system looked at. If it breaks down in the middle of the winter, or – not to mention  – during the holiday season, you will pay top price for repairs or replacement. You can contact a local ac service company right now, and get every element checked. You will not only get the peace of mind that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on breakdowns, but also reduce your bill for the upcoming seasons.

Tree Surgery

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If you live in the path of major storms, you will also have to pay attention to the outdoors. If you have old and sick trees, or unsafe bushes and shrubs that can damage your home, it might be time to get in touch with a tree surgeon. If you have trees that have large roots, it might be worth checking whether or not they are compromising the foundation and stability of your home. Talk to a structural engineer to get a full survey arranged.

Roof Inspection

If you want to avoid leaks and expensive roof repairs, you might want to get your home ready for the winter and the next hurricane season. Talk to a specialist who will complete a full inspection and replace loose tiles and improve the stability of your roof. You can also get additional insulation on your roof, if you have slates, adding felt to the existing structure, which will not only keep your roof safe from the elements, but also reduce the heat loss during the winter.

Clean Your Gutters

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Of course, you will need to pay attention to the downpipes and the gutters, too. During the fall, moss and leaves might have clogged the pipes and the gutters, and this will make it more likely that you will face leaks and condensation in your home.

 

There are several things that can go wrong in your house during the winter. Pay attention to these, and you can save money and hassle.

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Is Your Home Making You Ill?

Is Your Home Making You Ill?

For many of us, our home is our castle, and it is the one space in which we feel most safe and secure. But is that really the case?

 

Even though you may think your house is completely perfect, there could be some small imperfections that you aren’t really aware of. And these imperfections could be having a negative effect on your health. Want to make sure that your house isn’t dragging your family’s health down? Here are some things you need to check.

 

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The Refrigerator

 

If you already throw out old food from your refrigerator on a regular basis, you might think that you are doing everything you can in the battle against food poisoning. Think again! There are some very sneaky ways your fridge could be increasing the spread of germs. Does your fridge have an electrical coil in it? This freezes once in awhile and then thaws. When it thaws, it drips water, which needs to be cleaned up regularly If it isn’t cleaned, it will evaporate and spread germs throughout your home. And don’t forget to wipe out the vegetable tray every now and then!

 

Heating And Cooling Systems

 

One of the biggest causes of illnesses caused in the home is the heating and air conditioning system. Air conditioning can leave traces of water it the system ducts. These small pools are great for encouraging germs and bacteria to breed. All of the bacteria can then cause respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies. To make sure your family never suffers from these conditions, make sure your systems are professionally serviced every year.

 

Soft Furnishings

 

We all have our favorite chairs and sofas that we love to lounge in. And I’m sure you also enjoy spending lazy weekend mornings in bed! But did you know that your soft furnishings and bed sheets could be hiding a dirty secret? Over time, dust mites will collect in these soft items and make themselves at home. Bed bugs could congregate in between your sheets. These can cause skin irritation. While it is impossible to remove all dust mites from your home, a thorough cleaning every couple of months should keep their numbers down to a minimum.

 

Cleaning Products

 

You may think that cleaning products are one of the most helpful tools you can have in your home to help you in the fight against germs and bacteria but, in actual fact, they could be doing more harm than good. That’s because the strong chemicals in the products could be carcinogenic and cause cancer as well as headaches and skin irritations. Don’t worry; you don’t have to stop cleaning your home. Instead, you should just make the switch to natural cleaning products. Most of these are organic and eco-friendly, and aren’t harmful to humans or animals.

 

I hope this blog post hasn’t scared you too much, but it is always worth knowing exactly how our health could be affected by the environment around us. At least now you know how to improve things!

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