With the temperatures dropping, it's time to take refuge in the warmth of your home.
To get through this winter period, it is recommended to carry out a few checks, inside and outside the house.
A well-heated interior
Whether inside an apartment or a house, several essential points should be checked.
The first is to check the good condition of the heating system, and to maintain it.
Before restarting them, dust and bleed the radiators (if they are water-filled) so that they operate correctly.
Also check that there are no leaks.
If you have any doubts, have them checked by a professional technician.
If you have a stove or fireplace, remember to store enough firewood and be sure to sweep the various exhaust ducts as well as the exhaust vents.
Optimize interior insulation
Reinforcing the thermal insulation allows you to stay warm and save energy.
Do you feel a draft inside the house?
The gaskets on your doors and windows are certainly worn.
Go around your openings and repair them if necessary.
Opt for new gaskets, foam, thick curtains or door bead.
In addition, a well insulated floor prevents 10% of heat loss in a home.
You can contact a thermal balance professional or the Departmental Housing Information Agency (Adil) in your department, which will guide you according to your needs.
Finally, drive out moisture and condensation by checking the VMC and cleaning the exhaust vents as well as the air inlets.
Prevent the risk of fire
Since the risk of an accident is higher in winter, check for anything that could cause a fire.
Check the condition of electrical appliances, as well as the chimney or stove pipes.
As a reminder, sweeping is compulsory and must be carried out once or twice a year depending on the heating method (fireplace, pellet stove, boiler, etc.).
Finally, remember to change the battery of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which must also work properly.
Top exterior insulation
In order to protect and secure the house before winter and to avoid heat loss, a complete control of the exterior of the house is necessary.
The insulation of the roof is an important point to check: is the roof completely waterproof or does it allow a little rainwater to pass through?
Look for cracked tiles, which can be the cause of major rain leaks, or call in a professional who will inspect the entire roof and can, if necessary, carry out the necessary repairs in complete safety.
Likewise, seal cracks in exterior walls and facades to prevent water infiltration inside the home.
Check the ancillary installations
To prevent freezing from damaging the outdoor installations, protect the water meter - which you are responsible for maintaining - with fabric, foam or insulating sheath, and drain the pipes and pipes.
Clean the gutters to prevent the accumulation of dead leaves and other debris that could obstruct the flow of water, then check that they are secure, to prevent them from coming loose with the weight of the snow or strong gusts of wind.
And the garden?
And the garden?
Put to the test by bad weather and negative temperatures, the garden must also be prepared to face winter.
Anticipate the great cold by protecting and bringing in plants that fear frost, so that they can be replanted next year.
Prune bushes and sweep up dead leaves that have accumulated on the patio or in the garden, to prevent these spaces from turning into a slippery rink as soon as it rains.
You can, however, use this green waste to cover the feet of trees and shrubs.
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