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Winter Maintenance Tips

The nights are getting longer and the temperature is dropping. Here’s how to look after your home (and save money) as winter approaches.

1. Heat your home to 18°C

Reducing your thermostat by just 1 degree can save up to 10% in fuel, so heating your property to 18°C could save you a lot of money.  At this temperature most people should be warm enough in jeans and a jumper. If that feels too cold, try bringing it down in stages, starting at a comfortable temperature and going down by one degree each week to give yourself time to adjust.

2. Use your timer

If your boiler has a timer function make some time to get to grips with it and you can enjoy waking up and coming home to a warm house without leaving the heating on 24/7.

Set the timer to come on 20 minutes before you wake up and get home from work, and to switch off 15 minutes before you leave home and go to bed. This will give the property time to either heat up or cool down, keeping you at the right temperature whenever you’re home.

3. Don't heat what you don't use

Remember to only heat the rooms you use every day. If there are any parts of the house that you don’t spend much time in, turn those radiators down or off until you need them and keep the doors closed so heat doesn't escape from the rest of the house.

It’s also a good idea to keep temperatures a bit lower in hallways and corridors, as you'll never normally be in there for more than a couple of minutes at a time.

4. Keep the radiators clear

Move any furniture that’s up against a radiator a few inches away so hot air can circulate more freely. It’ll save damage to your furniture and warm up the whole room. The same goes for curtains, as well as towels or clothes that you’ve got draped over radiators.

5. Hunt down hidden draughts

Some leaks of warm air can be difficult to find. If you’re feeling a draught but can’t immediately see where it’s coming from it’s a good idea to spend some time looking for it. There are often big gaps where pipes or cables go into the wall: check behind the washing machine, under kitchen cupboards and around sinks and toilets.

What happens if your pipes freeze in the cold weather?

If your pipes freeze the first thing to do is turn the water off at the main stop tap. Then turn on all the taps to empty any water from the system in pipes that have not frozen.  Once clear, try to gently unfreeze the pipe with warm cloths, a heater or hair dryer, but do not overheat the pipes as this will cause them to crack.

How to avoiding burst and frozen pipes

There are a few steps you can take to avoid frozen or burst pipes during the winter:

  • Turn the stop tap off and on again every now and then to stop it sticking.
  • Try to keep the property warm.
  • Do not leave taps dripping.
  • If you’re leaving the property empty for any length of time, leave the heating on low and drain the water supplies.

Remember: if anything does happen to your rental property during winter – or at any time of year – it’s really easy to report a maintenance request through your Property File account or by contacting us.

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