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Which local services can help you prepare for winter?

Which local services can help you prepare for winterIt’s a horrible thought, we know, but winter is not far around the corner. It’s not all doom and gloom though – think about cosy nights in spent by the fire, nice walks in the countryside on crisp, cold days, and maybe even the odd snow day. Winter is all the more bearable if you know how to prepare, and there are plenty of local services out there to help you.

Make sure your car is ready for winter
Driving is completely different in the winter than it is in the clement weather. You need to make sure that your car is prepared for wind, rain and dark evenings. Be sure that the tyres of your car are the correct pressure and that the tread is safely deep. It’s also important that your wiper blades are in good condition and that all the lights and electrics work properly. If you’re unsure how to fix any electrics, or you need new tyres, head to your local mechanic, who should be able to help.

Is your property adequately insulated?
Ensuring that your home is properly insulated will not only keep you warm, but will also help you reduce your energy bills. Inside, check that your roof is insulated and that there are no gaps around windows or doors. Outside, it’s a good idea to check for any cracks in the brickwork that could allow water in. In a heavy frost, ‘freeze-thaw’ damage could occur, where water gets in the cracks and expands as it freezes, leading to bigger cracks and possibly a more serious problem. You can find a local builder or insulation expert on Friday-Ad who could offer some helpful advice.

Consider double glazing

If you don’t have double glazing and can afford it, new windows could be well worth the investment. Double glazing may be expensive in the short term but it will reduce your fuel bills, cut out street noise and may even increase the value of your property. Much less heat escapes through double glazing than single glazing, so it’ll be much easier for you to create that cosy-by-the-fire feel when the nights draw in.

Clearing ice on your own property

To make the chances of you slipping over before you’ve even stepped off your driveway, you’ll probably have to clear some ice at some point this winter. When doing this, be sure never to use water – always use salt or sand. Water will melt snow, but in really cold weather, this water will freeze and create even more ice. If you have a particular large driveway or paved area that is likely to freeze (we know some of you live in very palatial properties&hellip then you could head to a builder’s merchants for a winter’s supply of sand in one go. Hurrah!

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