Home improvements you can make ready for winter

Winter may be drawing in, but don’t let the chilly temperatures discourage you from completing those home improvement projects. Now is the ideal time to make a change to your home that will improve its efficiency over the colder months – especially as we are all spending so much more time in our homes now too. Our five winter home improvement ideas below will give you the inspiration you need to get started!

Upgrade your windows this winter


Upgrading your windows boasts a multitude of benefits. You can expect to improve your home’s energy efficiency, thermal efficiency, aesthetic and value. We offer our range of windows in uPVC and aluminium frames because we know that every homeowner is different. This proactive approach gives you the freedom to make the best decision for your family’s individual needs. Both materials look great on any style of home, featuring an extensive range of benefits including high energy efficiency and security.

All of our windows achieve an A+ BFRC rating for the ultimate energy efficiency. Our high-performance glazing helps to prevent heat from escaping from your home and keep draughts out, whilst reducing noise. At Albany, our windows could save you hundreds of pounds a year in heating bills whilst keeping your home at a comfortable temperature all year round. Read our comparison of aluminium and uPVC windows to find out more.

Secure any drafts to stay warm all winter

During the winter, any cold draught can cause your home to lose heat. Insulate your property by sealing cracks in floors, doors and skirting boards, hang heavy curtains and use draught excluders to keep the heat in. You should also look at the areas where heat escapes the property. Consider purchasing keyhole and letterbox covers and if there are any other opportunities for air to escape, like through a cat flap for example, then look into ways of minimising the draught where you can.

Replace your doors ready for winter

Black front door in composite

Why not consider replacing your front and/or back doors to give your home a makeover and improve its energy efficiency this winter? If you are looking to replace your front door, you could think about upgrading to a composite door. Robust, secure and thermally efficient, composite doors lead the market in door technology. A composite door makes an ideal front or back door for any style of property. More and more homeowners are recognising and feeling the benefits of a composite door, such as a low threshold for easy access and a high insulation foam core for increased thermal efficiency.

Composite doors from Albany feature a high-performance insulating core, installed within a naturally insulating uPVC frame. Our composite doors are 17% more thermally efficient than timber doors and help to reduce heat loss from your home.

Add insulation for extra warmth this winter

A very common reason for adding insulation is comfort. A home that is under-insulated is more vulnerable to outside temperatures. Heat naturally flows from hot to cold. This means that depending on the outside temperature you may be experiencing hot/cold and uncomfortable rooms due to heat displacement. While it’s not the most exciting project, adding insulation to your home could help make your home more energy-efficient. Start by checking your attic, or if you have one, your basement to see if more insulation is needed.

Improve your home this winter with Albany

Albany Windows have been offering high-quality products and expert customer service to homeowners throughout Gloucestershire for 20 years. For more information about our home improvement solutions call us for free on 0800 111 4621 or contact us online.