Winter proof

Even though it's cold outside it’s important to ventilate your home.  This helps prevent condensation which could lead to mould forming.

So remember use your extractor fan and open the window to let out steam after cooking, or taking a bath or shower. Keep your home heated to at least 15 Celsius. Ideally, your living room should be between 18 and 21 and your bedrooms should be 18 Celsius.

Check you know where your stopcock is, in case you have to switch off the water if a pipe becomes frozen and then bursts when thawing. Make sure you have a working torch in case of a power cut and keep your mobile phone charged.

Close the curtains early in the evening to keep the heat in and check for draughts around your windows, door and letter box. Check your radiators are working properly. If they are hot at the bottom and cold at the top then you will need to bleed them. You can find useful videos online to show you how.

Outside, clear leaves from gutters and drains and check garden fence posts and panels are secure in readiness for the high winds.

Store garden furniture and toys safely in a shed or garden store so they don’t get damaged by wind or rain. Keep your lawn free of leaves and avoid walking on lawns if there is frost as it can damage the grass.

Keep a bag of grit handy for paths during frost and snow.

You can find out lots more information about looking after you home over winter in the advice centre.