Ok, we know it’s only August, and summer is still in full swing, but autumn is just around the corner. Although it’s still a couple of months away, it’s never too early to start preparing your home for the colder, darker months ahead.
This month, we take a look at some of the things you can be doing inside your home now to ensure you’re fully ready for when autumn arrives.
Check your heating system
Whilst it’s probably far from your mind, there’s little worse than switching your home central heating system on at the start of autumn, only to find that it isn’t working properly. Wait until the cold weather arrives, and you’ll be joining a long queue of people in need of emergency repairs and replacement boilers – leaving you shivering in a cold home for days!
Checking your radiators, boiler and heating system now, and having them serviced by a qualified heating engineer will help to ensure that you and your family can stay nice and toasty at home when the temperatures drop.
If you’ve got an open fire, or solid fuel burner, summer is also great time to have your chimney and fireplace cleaned by your local chimney sweep. Doing this once a year will help remove built up soot, reducing the risk of fires and extending the life of your flue.
Improving your home insulation has a huge number of benefits. Getting it sorted now, before the cold weather arrives, will save you loads of money on your heating bills, whilst keeping your home warmer throughout the autumn and winter.
If you haven’t already sorted it, then the loft is a great place to start – many companies are currently offering to install loft insulation free of charge, and it will make a huge impact on the thermal-efficiency of your home.
Once you’ve sorted the loft, you may want to consider your flooring insulation. Most people don’t realise that between 10% and 15% of heat in the home is lost through the floors, and installing the right carpet, carpet underlay and laminate underlay can make a real difference. When picking underlay, look for higher tog ratings, which will provide better insulation.
If you’re planning on replacing your flooring, then now’s the time to do it – and you’ll find an unbeatable range of the best carpets, laminate flooring, rugs and vinyl at Carpetright.
Updating your interiors
Updating your interior designs in tune with the seasons is a great way of keeping your home feeling up to date all year round.
Autumn colours like reds and browns are perfect for creating a cosy living room or bedroom design, and you don’t need to splash out on a full redecoration programme to make a real difference to the look and feel of your home.
Simple touches, like accent rugs, cushions, throws and even curtains in warm autumnal colours can be used to adapt your room schemes to the seasons, and they’re really easy to change throughout the year.
If you’re planning on redecorating your home and looking to make bigger changes, then a thick new carpet in a warm, welcoming hue will help to make your home feel extra cosy as the nights begin to draw in.
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