Now fully in to Autumn, we can appreciate the beautiful colours, the warming meals and the holidays of the season. Yet Winter is coming and this is the perfect time to start preparing your home for it. Here is our top list of things to think about to make sure you keep nice and warm this winter with your bills down and your spirits high.

1. Check the roof

Split or missing tiles can give rain access to the rooftop, possibly bringing on dampness and decay, but even worse, serious flooding and damage. On the off chance that you can’t see the rooftop or you would prefer not to climb a ladder, get an expert to review the rooftop for you.

2. Clear gutters and drains

As the trees turn to orange, brown and red, leaves, plants and other debris can rain down and quickly clog gutters and drains, which can lead to water damage, and damp. A clear out before winter is essential and checking that the junctions are watertight.

3. Inspect your pipes & service the boiler

Ensure your boiler is in working to the best condition before winter sets in and get a professional to check it. he service should be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk to find a suitably qualified engineer in your area. Ensure your property’s downpipes aren’t broke or split (you can check behind the channels with a mirror). Likewise, expel any vegetation that has settled around the funnels as it can cover up problems and stop water is running freely from pipes and drainage paths.

4. Bleed the radiators

On the off chance that you have a boiling hot water warm radiator that is not warming the cause is generally caught air, and disposing of it is straightforward. At the highest point of your radiator, search for a little valve. Use a radiator key, 1/4-in. 12-point attachment, or a level screwdriver (dependent upon your valve type) and gradually turn the valve counterclockwise until water begins trickling out. This will discharge caught air and let boiling point water into the cold sections. Repeat the procedure with all your radiators. Draining the radiators will bring down the water in your system, so you may need to gradually add water to build it back up. Do this by opening, then shutting, the valve on the water pipe above the boiler. Actually, you may need to include water while draining the radiator to remover the air from the framework.  If you’re new to your system, call an expert.

5. Switch energy tariff

Our utility bills are bigger in the winter, but that’s no reason to pay over the odds for your energy. You can easily compare energy tariffs online and it is much more competitive now that offers must be extended to existing not just new customers. It is much easier to switch then previously as well. You could save a significant amount but you need to take the time to research it properly.

6. Sweep the chimney

A thundering fire can be a delight in the winter – unless it’s a chimney fire. People frequently think little of the dangers of chimney flames, yet they are regular problems around this time of year and can be expensive to fix and incredibly dangerous for you and your family. You need to use an expert to thoroughly clear the stack before you light the main fire the first time this year. If you have a chimney yet don’t light the fire, think about using a fireplace inflatable to stop hot air getting away upwards and icy drafts clearing down in to your rooms.

7. Insulate your home properly

Satisfactory protection can lessen the warmth loss from your home, subsequently saving energy and cutting bills.The loft is a decent place to begin as you can lose a fourth of the warmth in your home through the rooftop if the space is not appropriately protected. You may also need to consider cavity wall insulation, if your property is suitable. And you can also, bear in mind protecting the water tank and lagging the pipes to ensure minimal heat loss.

8. Check windows and doors

If your doors and windows are in a poor state of repair they can let in cold air and rain water, increasing your energy bills and damp in your home. It therefore makes sense to carry out any minor repairs now in the Autumn before you have to pay to fix a serious problem later on in Winter when the damage is irreparable and the repairs can cause misery in Winter. You should check the woodwork both inside and out on all floors and opt for UPVC when replacing them to get maximum heat saving benefits and they will last longer.