5 things you should do before the cold weather hits
The seasons have definitely turned, but before you get carried away enjoying all those crisp autumn walks in the park and pumpkin spice lattes, your home and garden need a little attention first. Here are 5 things you should do before the cold weather hits to make sure you’re prepared for the worst this season, before you get out there and enjoy the best of it.
1. Order home heating oil
You probably didn’t use that much oil over the mild summer we just enjoyed in Northern Ireland, but you’ll soon be relying more and more on it to heat your home and water. If you haven’t topped up your tank in a while, now is the time to do it – don’t leave it until the first big cold snap, when everyone will be rushing to do it and delivery times get snapped up. Contact us today for a super quick quote and a super convenient delivery – it’s what we do after all.
2. Take care of the garden
If you were lucky enough to enjoy some time outdoors over the summer in your garden, putting your garden furniture away will probably be the final signal that summer has come to a close. There’s no point in hanging on and hoping for a late summer miracle at this stage though – it’s time to clean your patio furniture down and either put it away or cover it over with heavy duty plastic sheets to protect it until you want to use it again next year. You should also cut the grass one final time, and dead-head all the plants and flowers you can to encourage new growth next year. Prepping your garden now will ensure you’ll still be able to enjoy it when the seasons turn again.
3. Get your boiler serviced
One of the main things you should do before the cold weather hits is get your boiler serviced. Your boiler should be serviced annually, and the autumn is the time when most people choose to do it so that it’s ready for the colder nights ahead when you rely on it more. Call in a professional engineer who will check for wear, tear, efficiency and safety. There’s nothing as nice as coming home from a cold, long day to a warm and cosy house, so give your boiler the respect it deserves and don’t expect it to always work when you need it without a regular check-up.
4. Have your chimney swept
One of the only drawbacks of having an open fire is that you will need to get your chimney swept at least once a year if you use your fire regularly. This can cause a bit of mess but it can be minimised if you prepare the room and use a professional sweep who knows what they are doing. Chimney fires are more common than you think, and can be extremely dangerous. Just last week was the alarming revelation that there are still thousands of cases of chimney fires each year, so don’t be another case to add to this statistic.
5. Clean the gutters
When the leaves start to fall, they can be pretty to look at, but can clog up your gutters and drainpipes and leave you with overflowing rainwater running down the sides of your house. If left untreated, this can cause the water to back up and even lead to damp and mould in your home in extreme cases. Don’t put off this chore – sort it today before the cold weather really hits.