The cold Canadian winter months are just around the corner. Before the colours of Fall disappear and everything around us is blanketed in snow, it’s time to start preparing our homes for the chilly days ahead.
Here are a few things you should do to ensure your house is ready for a Canadian Winter:
Clean your gutters. Clear gutters work properly when snow melts to carry water away from the home. Clogged gutters can cause water damage, flooding and other potentially costly disasters to happen to your home.
Trim the tree branches. It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to ensure unnecessary limbs won’t drop heavy snow onto your house or car.
Replace missing or damaged weather stripping on your doors. Cold air can come into your house underneath a door with missing or damaged weather stripping, costing you more money in heating bills.
Plug leaks in your home. Locate the areas in your home where warm air is escaping, and use spray foam gap-sealer or caulk to fill the gaps.
Keep your furnace running smoothly. Hiring a professional on a yearly basis will ensure everything is working efficiently.
Change the direction of fan blades for winter. When you set fan blades to move in a clockwise direction, cool air is lifted, while warm air is pushed down.
Ensure you have winter tools at the ready for when the first snowfall hits. Stock up on salt for slippery sidewalks and driveways. A shovel for clearing out piles of snow is always necessary.
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