Having a period property is great – there’s so much character in architectural features like sash windows and high ceilings. But, of course, these kinds of homes can have their challenges too.
October is National Home Security Month, a campaign that’s now in its fifth year, so it’s the perfect time to take stock and see if there’s anything you need to do to improve the security of your home.
Figures from the organisation show that there is a 25 per cent increase in burglaries during the autumn and winter months, with particular spikes around Halloween and Bonfire Night.
The research also found that 16 per cent of Brits fail to lock their windows or doors when they leave their house, which makes it much easier for intruders to gain access to your home.
Among the recommendations are to have sturdy door and window locks throughout your property, but that can be easier said than done when you don’t have modern UPVC windows. If your home is need of new glazing, getting bespoke double glazing from a specialist will not only make your home more secure, but also improve its energy efficiency.
In fact, an article in Heating, Ventilation and Plumbing Magazine recently revealed that by swapping single glazing for double glazing you could save up to £100 a year on heating bills, as well as reducing the noise you get from the street outside.
Draught excluders are another way to help keep the cold out this winter, and again can be particularly useful in older homes where there are more nooks and crannies for cold air to creep in – and for the heat to escape from.