As summer begins to wind down and autumn closes in, it’s time for us to make a few transitions. Aside from making a change from your summer wardrobe to warmer clothes and investing in some de-icer for the car windscreen, it’s also time to prepare your home for the cold.

The winter months are optimistically seen as a cosy time to be spent at home with friends and family, basking in the glow of a fire and the warmth of good conversation. While there is no reason why this can’t be the case in every household, there is another side to winter. For many, the cold months also mean a time for chilly homes, rising damp and frozen or, even worse, cracked pipes.

Naturally, if you have great home insurance coverage, you will be able to get these problems repaired without any trouble, but we at Cuuver are sure you will agree that prevention is better than remedy. Read our tips below to ensure your home is as cost-effective and ready for the winter as possible.

Insulate the attic
Attics aren’t just places for storing your junk and allowing moody teenagers to have their own space, they are also the place where the warmth generated from your expensive central heating system goes to escape. Heat rises, so having an attic which is not properly insulated means that your central heating bills may be being paid in vain.

Insulation is not a cheap or simple job, and will probably require a professional’s talents, but the money you could end up saving in heating bills makes this a brilliant long-term investment for millions of homeowners all over the world, each winter.

Prices for this job will depend on the type of insulation you opt for, as well as the size of your attic.

Protect the pipes
As the temperature begins to plummet in the winter, unprotected water lines can freeze in the pipes. This, in turn, can lead to the pipes bursting due to a build-up of pressure between the frozen point and the tap. If this does happen to a pipe in your home, it means that you could be faced with thousands of gallons of water cascading through your living space before you’re even aware of a problem.

To prevent a burst pipe, wrap them in newspaper or foam tubing to keep them above freezing temperature.

Fix your guttering
This is the perfect time of year to give your gutters a good clean out. Dead leaves and other debris are rife in autumn, which can lead to your gutters becoming clogged and, ultimately, result in flooding. Your cellar is a particularly vulnerable place for flooding of this nature, so check your drainage systems to ensure they are equipped to handle snow and heavy downpours that winter will inevitably bring.

Seal your doors and windows
If you find yourself having to raise the thermostat to higher temperatures than usual, it may be that you have unnecessary drafts in your home. Checking your doors and windows for any air leaks, and sealing any that may have opened up, will help to keep the cost of your heating bills down, this winter.

It will also help to minimise the risk of moisture seeping into your home from outside, which could lead to a build up and result in mould. Ensuring your home is properly sealed now will save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Finesse your fireplace
Chance are, your fireplace has been out of action for quite a few months, so it’s best to make certain it is clean and safe to use by wintertime.

How you prepare your fireplace for winter will depend on the type you have. If you have an old fashioned fireplace, it may be time to check that the chimney is clear of smoke and soot to escape through it, rather than backing up into your living room. On the other hand, if you live in a smokeless zone and have a gas fire, it still wouldn’t hurt to give it a good clean out.

This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.