We’re quickly slipping into a deeper and deeper freeze. Are you ready? Will your home survive another long Canadian winter? Here is a useful winter proofing check list that will keep your home both safe and energy efficient.
- Take Care of The Roof. Ensure your roof will withstand the ice and snow by replacing any loose or damaged shingles and checking for signs of leaks.
- Clean Out Your Gutters. Too much weight from packed snow and ice on top of packed leaves and twigs can cause your gutters to fall right off!
- Direct Water Away From Your House. It’s rather inexpensive to buy extensions for yor downspouts that will guide water as far away from your home as possible.
- Inspect your heating systems. Get a professional in to ensure your furnace is safe and free of gas leaks.
- Replace Air Filter. Depending on how old your filter is, failing to replace it can decrease the efficiency of your unit, contaminate the air in your home or even pose a risk for a ventilation fire.
- Ensure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Fire Alarms are Operational. Need we say more?
- Inspect Windows And Doors For Draftiness. Look for signs of rotting and any form of deterioration in your window panes, door jams, caulking and weatherstripping.
- Insulate Your Water Pipes and Water Heater. With insulation, your hot water tank won’t have to work as hard which will save you some money on your energy bill.
- Stock Up On Winter Essentials Early. Don’t wait for that first big snow storm to hit before picking up shovels and salt. During a blizzard, your local Walmart is likely to be SOLD OUT of these items.