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How to prepare your home for the winter

 
Make sure the winter months are as toasty and cosy as possible in your home by following these essential winter preparation tips: 

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Tidy the garden
October is the ideal time to prepare your garden for the winter. Keep on top of those pesky falling leaves by doing weekly raking and clearing, put away any garden furniture that is likely to get damaged by the cold weather, and clean gutters. Regular garden maintenance will make it much more manageable, and will ensure that your garden looks much healthier by the time the spring comes around again.

Schedule heating system maintenance 
Autumn is a good time to make sure your heating system is working as efficiently as possible to get you through the worst of the winter months. Don’t wait for a heating problem to present itself before you get your boiler serviced. An annual check will ensure your boiler will be far less likely to develop problems due to the added strain if you have it checked out before winter arrives.

Sweep the chimney
If you have a chimney, it is recommended that you have it swept out at least once a year. Hiring a chimney sweep is the safest and easiest way to remove soot and debris.  

Clean the fire grate
Remove as much debris and ash from the grate and use a damp cloth to wipe it down. If you have a wood burning stove, you can also clean the glass door so that you can enjoy the best view of those roaring flames.  

Stock up on firewood and coal 
Make sure you are well stocked up with firewood and/or coal. If you’ve been drying your firewood outside, now’s the time to fill your log basket and bring them indoors so they dry out effectively and therefore burn more efficiently. 

Bring out the Grenadier
If you’ve been storing your Grenadier away during the summer months, it’s the ideal time to set it up on its adjustable stand by your fire so it’s ready to get your fire lit without any fuss. 

By following these simple tips, you can ensure your home is fighting fit for winter. For more information on the Grenadier Firelighter visit: https://grenadier.co.uk/product/grenadier-electric-firelighter 

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