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  • Writer's pictureJoana Wheeler

Preparing your home for the winter.

Updated: Aug 19, 2022

The days are starting to get colder. Yes, in Algarve it also gets cold!

Therefore it is critical to get your home ready for the colder months. Some key tips include cleaning the raidiators and inspecting the roof and chimneys.

With the coming of winter, we begin to notice a gradual decrease in nighttime temperatures. As a result, it is critical to begin preparing your home for the cold days by inspecting heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units, as well as other structural systems.

Cleaning your Guttering

To minimize leaks or moisture on the walls and to prevent degradation, it is recommended to clean the leaves and dirt deposited in the gutters every year after autumn. Considering that we are in an area by the sea and, therefore with a high population of birds, this cleaning is essential, because birds tend to carry leaves and small branches to build their nests that sometimes drop during the flight, thus clogging the gutters. Cleaning and installation of gutters was the most sought after service in 2021, according to experts.

Chimney Sweeping

This year, the number of chimneys installed has increased by 50%. To minimize probable fires and accidents, it is necessary to do a general check and/or a complete sweep of the interior of the chimney before each winter.

Heating systems

Domestic heating accounts for 43.4% of home energy usage, according to esperts during the colder months. Boiler installation might lower energy consumption by up to 30%. After so many months of inactivity, it's a good idea to have a professional inspect your boiler and radiators at home to make sure they are in good working order.

Roof Inspection

It's crucial to conduct a visual inspection and determine whether the roof and walls are properly waterproofed in order to minimize water leaks that can lead to moisture, which is one of the most common problems that arise when it rains. Moisture can also be problematic because it might cause damage to other systems, such as electricity, as well as health issues that could be avoided.

The installation of thermal insulation, on the other hand, has been the third most popular service in terms of demand. This aspect is critical when it comes to reducing household heating consumption because a well-insulated structure can cut energy consumption by up to 50%.

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