When it comes to being a homeowner, it can often feel like you’re constantly doing DIY. Whether that’s improving and enhancing the look and feel of a room, to dealing with a broken piece of furniture in another room, the list of jobs that need doing around the house can often feel never ending. While you can’t plan for sudden breakages that need repairing, with proper maintenance you can prepare yourself for some of the big problems your home encounters every year. Here is how you can tackle three of those biggest household problems before they happen.
One of the big problems you encounter in your home every year is trying to stay cool during the summer months. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t matter how wide you open your windows or how little restrictive clothing you wear, it can be very hard to escape the extreme heat. While it might feel cooler at night-time, the heat can still make you feel extremely uncomfortable and make it challenging for you to fall asleep.
You might think that because you’ve got an air conditioning unit, you’re doing everything you can to reduce the heat of your home. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. It’s not enough to just own an air conditioning unit, it’s also important to make sure it’s properly maintained. You also need to ensure that the rest of your house is set up so it can feel the benefits of the air conditioning unit. There are many improvements you should be doing to your home to tackle the heat, but two of the most effective are closing blinds in the daytime and installing dehumidifiers, which should result in you feeling a real difference once you switch on your air conditioning.
As well as the heat, the other end of the scale when it comes to temperature can be just as uncomfortable. It’s just as vital to make sure your heating is working just as effectively. If you have central heating and a boiler system, make sure you regularly bleed your radiators of any trapped air. Doing so will help them heat up quicker and reach warmer temperatures. As well as your heating, consider things like draught excluders to reduce the amount of heat escaping from a room. If you find your room doesn’t stay warm for long, consider whether your roof could be better insulated or whether your windows need replacing.
One problem you can encounter all year round is the cost of running your home. While the tips above can help reduce the amount of energy you use heating and cooling your home, there are lots of other things you can do to try and save money. Reduce the amount of water you use when flushing your toilet by either altering its settings or buying a special weight to put into your tank. Buy energy efficient light bulbs and make sure you turn all devices off at the wall when you’re not using them instead of leaving them on standby.