Home Improvements: Winterproof your home before the chill strikes

By the resi financial blog team, 05 February 2014

How to winterproof your home

During the wonderful, warmer months of summer, the last thing you're likely to be thinking about is winter. After all, you'll want to make the most of the sun and good times before the climate changes and it's back to rainy weather and warmer clothes.

However, it could be worth bearing with the thought for just a moment and thinking about your home with regards to the developing cold season. Now could be the perfect time to consider winterproofing your home.

Not only will it give you peace of mind to know that you've taken care of it, but the renovations can be easier to take care of during the clearer weather. It can be immensely difficult to undertake larger renovations when you can't be sure whether it's going to rain or not.

Insulating your home

One of the best things you can do to help keep your home warm, dry and comfortable during the winter months is to install insulation in your home. By putting insulation into your walls, floors and roof, you can help to maintain a warm temperature.

This has the added benefit of helping to regulate the temperature during the summer as well, helping to create an enjoyable and agreeable environment for you and your family all year round.

Furthermore, insulation can help to reduce the amount of noise that penetrates your walls. Whether this means stopping outdoor sounds from breaking the peace and quiet of your home or preventing your home sounds echoing into the neighbourhood - insulation can help you to achieve this.

Upgrade your window fixtures

Eradicating drafts coming through ill-fitting windows and doors will prevent cutting chills from coming into your home and making your house an uncomfortable place to be. Not only does this affect your enjoyment of your home, it can be detrimental to your family's health as well.

There are a number of fixes. For a simple solution, filling in the gaps with fabric or silicone can help to reduce the amount of draft that can slip through the gaps. However, if you want to get rid of the problem completely, it could be worth investigating replacing your fixtures.

Installing a fireplace

Reducing your reliance on heaters and other energy exhausting heating methods is a great way to help reduce your overall power bill. Your pocket is often one of the major casualties of the cooler months, as appliances are cranked up to 11 in order to fend off Jack Frost.

However, it could be worth looking into the option of installing a fireplace in your home.

This is a great way to help heat your home naturally, without having to rely on energy guzzling alternatives. A fireplace has the added value of adding value to your home, which could be great news if you decide to sell in the future.

Categories: Property Investment