Hit the roof now – and don’t wait for winter
With the clocks going back last Sunday (October 25), now is the time for householders to check their home is ready for winter.
Midlands energy expert Ron Fox suggests four energy saving ideas that residents should work on now before frosts and falling temperatures arrive.
On the tiles
Firstly, check the roof. Autumn is the best time to ensure that there are no missing, slipped nor cracked tiles nor corroded lead flashing, particularly around the chimney. Also look at the roof from the attic. If daylight can be seen through the tiles this needs checking, as it could lead to leaks. And don’t forget to clean out the gutters and check that the rainwater downpipes are clear of any obstructions. Finally, cut back or remove all dangerous tree branches and potentially problematic shrubs overhanging any part of the roof.
The easiest way is to hire an expert with a drone and a thermal imaging camera, said Ron, of Noreus Ltd on the University of Keele Science and Innovation Park.
He said it is cheaper and safer than hiring expensive scaffolding, a cherry picker or sending a person up a ladder on to what could be an unsafe area.
“Once we have cleared a flight plan with the relevant authorities the technology allows us to pinpoint specific areas such as solar panel problems with far greater accuracy.
“The pictures can then be shared with the customers in the comfort of their home on a laptop.”
Ron said the drone and a thermal imaging camera also detects:
- Missing or defective insulation.
- Air leaks and moisture in cavity wall insulation and roofs. This can lead to condensation, and in the long term, mould and fungi if left untreated.
- Wear and tear in solar panels and problems from pollution and even bird droppings. These could be sorted out before a 10-year guarantee expires.
- Water problems on flat roofs, generally the coldest part of the house.
- Leaks and defects in pipes or under-floor heating systems.
- Inefficient seals around door and windows.
At your service
Check the boiler is in good working order for the winter by getting an expert to give it an annual check-up now.
Stop the leaks
Ensure there’s no leaks and draughts from doors and windows. An easy way to check is to use a lighted candle and if it flickers then replace the seals.
Many people hate coming back to a dark house. One way is to have LED bulbs, which use less electricity, to brighten up the garden and driveway as well as the inside of the home.
“Remember preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy later,” said Ron.
For more details about energy-saving with a drone or to book a free thermal imaging survey, which would take about an hour and a half, call Ron on 0845 474 6641.