With the end of summer, thoughts turn to a new school year and the start of autumn with misty mornings, cooler temperatures and darker evenings. With the change of season, we all need to start getting our homes ready for the winter months. It is better to do that now and not wait till the colder weather kicks in. These are just some of the seasonable jobs which might need attention:
Lighting: Check external lights and sensors (PIRs; often built into lights). If they have failed it’s time to change the bulbs or more commonly now the fittings to the modern LED energy efficient type. Additional fittings can enhance both safety and security.
Central Heating: Now is the time to get your boiler serviced and check the radiators are all working before they are needed in the colder weather.
Insulation: Is your loft insulation up to standard? You may be eligible for a grant to help with this. Contact your energy supplier in the first instance.
Plumbing: Check that your stop cock is easy to turn on and off. Stop cocks should be tested every few months but most of us forget to do this. In a plumbing emergency, speedy access to the stop cock can save considerable damage. If your stop cock is difficult to access you could consider installing a ‘Sure Stop’. This is a simple water on-off switch, like a light switch, which can be placed in an easily reached position.
Based in Chesham for over 20 years 50plus provides maintenance services to a wide area of Bucks, Herts, Oxon, Beds and Berks. The company has always championed the mature workforce and is particular attuned to serving the 50 plus user community. In addition to plumbing, electrical, handy and more, their range of services to older customers to maintain independence in their own home includes:
Assurance Care: Pro-active non-intrusive monitoring of the wellbeing of an elderly person(s) in their home – ideal for remote relatives or carers with learning algorithms and automated alerts.
The Ring Doorbell: which allows you to answer the door bell from your chair and also allows others to deal with the call and to see and talk to the caller.
Technology Installations: such as the Amazon Echo which can provide significant benefit to the elderly once set up.