5 steps to get your home ready for Autumn
21 July 2023
4. Test your carbon monoxide alarm
Autumn is the season when many of us start turning on the heating and lighting the fireplace. So, it’s important to test all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly.
As we all know, having a broken smoke alarm is extremely dangerous. But did you know that a broken carbon monoxide alarm could also be deadly? Carbon monoxide is a clear, scentless gas which can be lethal if left undetected, so it’s vital to have your carbon monoxide alarm in working order.
To ensure your alarms are working, check they're installed to the manufacturer’s instructions and the units are working by pressing the ‘test’ buttons. If you find your alarm isn’t working, do not try to fix it yourself. Instead, report it to our customer support immediately and we’ll be happy to help.
5. Make sure your home is energy efficient
Did you know a good part of your heating could be escaping through leaks and drafts in windows and doors? To avoid unnecessary waste and keep your heating bills low, check gaps, cracks, and leaks around your home.
Start by checking all your windows and door frames and note any drafts around the edges. If you find one, there are a few different options you can employ to solve the issue. Firstly, invest in a draft excluder, you can find them in most homeware stores or online retailers, and they come in an array of styles to fit your decor. Secondly, install weather stripping around the frame, this will keep chilly air out and warm air in without the need for major DIY. Finally, for a sturdier solution, caulk around the frame.
Keeping your home running efficiently all year can be tricky, especially if there’s a dramatic change in season. However, with a few simple tasks, you can keep your home ticking along smoothly. If you’re turning on your radiators for the first time in a while, why not check out our blog on how to bleed a radiator?
We hope you found these tips helpful, and if you would like to discover more home tips, why not check out our other articles on My Place?