Prepare Your Home for the Winter

Prepare Your Home for the Winter

Before the temperature plummets into the minus digits take advantage of what warmer days are still left to inspect the interior and exterior of your home. To ensure you’ll be ready to take on the cold days of winter take these preventative measures to give you peace of mind and keep your home warm and cozy. Regular annual home check-ups will not only help manage and lower the energy costs of running your home during the winter months, but could save you time and money on expensive repairs. Here are some ways you can achieve that.

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Posted by Greenpark on October 16 / 2019

Interior of your home

1. Be sure to replace batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

2. Get your furnace/HVAC inspected and cleaned by a licensed professional and replace your furnace filters, something you can do yourself if you feel comfortable. Furnace filters should be replaced every 3-4 months or more frequently if you have pets or smokers in the house. Be sure your humidifier is also inspected and set at the right levels that give the moisture you need in your home but not too high to cause condensation to form on your windows. You may have to adjust this a couple of times to get it right.

3. Clean your dryer vent of lint. Lint build-up can block the vent and be a fire hazard.

4. Check all your windows and doors for air leakage or drafts. As the air outside gets colder, be sure to feel around the frame for cold air seeping in. If left, warm air will escape and cold air will get in. Another sign of drafts is also ice forming during very cold outdoor temperatures.

5. Stock your home with candles and warm blankets in case of an electrical or gas failure due to wind, snow and ice storms. Be sure to have flashlights and batteries on hand as well. The government of Canada advises you to be prepared to look after yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours in the case of an emergency. Be sure to visit the website to learn more on how protect to your home and family.

Exterior of your home

1. Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by turning off water valves and drain all exterior hose bibs.

2. If you live in an area with lots of trees, be sure to check and clean your eavestroughs so water is not trapped by debris and leaves causing ice damming that could result in extensive damage to your ceiling, walls and basement due to water seepage. Downspouts should be clear and direct water a minimum of 4 feet away from your home’s foundation.

3. Inspect the roof to ensure that there are no loose, cracked or missing shingles. Look for gaps in flashing and reseal if necessary.

4. Inspect and lubricate garage doors and automatic garage door openers.

5. Bring all your patio furniture inside or cover securely to withstand all the elements including wind and snow storms.

6. Cover your air conditioning unit.

7. Do fertilize your lawn one last time before the snow comes.

8. Clean shrubs and plants off all dead undergrowth so in the spring you don’t have a big job to do. Dead branches or branches over or in contact with your home should be removed.

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