In the UK we have to prepare for every weather eventuality. One minute we have a freak heat wave and it’s hotter than Spain and the next we are battling Antarctic weather conditions. Our homes may be the last thing we think about when it comes to the weather but it’s as important to prepare and protect them as it is for us to wrap up warm for winter.
A constant temperature
Although you may not be able to control the weather outside your home, air conditioning can work on controlling the temperature inside. Not only does this help keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter but keeping a constant temperature can also help you save energy.
Alternatively, investing in a fuel-efficient wood burning stove is another great way to achieve a constant temperature in your home and keep costs down. A contemporary wood burner is a cost efficient alternative to a traditional gas or coal fire, and can help keep your home warm through those frozen winter months.
In the cold of the winter
Insulation is a must for your home, it helps keep it warm in the winter and can significantly reduce your energy bills. Clearing your drains and gutters is also a high priority, although it’s a pretty dreadful task it can help prevent all sorts of problems that will cause you a headache and cost you money in the future. If you use salt and grit in the winter to clear your drive and pathways of snow and ice, remember that it can cause damage to plants and grass – not to mention making a mess. Instead try covering outside surfaces regularly with an anti-freeze solution to try and prevent the frost from setting in the first place.
In the heat of the summer
As we are now unquestionably into the winter season, summer may seem a long way away but just as winter crept up on us so too will those warmer summer months – at least we hope. We may not experience the sweltering heat of the more tropical climates but the sunshine can still affect our homes. Over time, the bright light of summer can fade the colour of floors and window surrounds, particularly those made from wood. Protecting them can be as simple as remembering to draw the curtains and blinds to provide some shade when you’re not using a room. Not only will this help create shade but also work wonders keeping your home cooler.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 26 October, 2012