Getting your home winter ready is like giving it a cozy, warm hug for the colder days ahead. It’s all about making your space resilient and energy-efficient, so you can enjoy the winter wonderland without any worries.
Think sealing up those little drafts, checking your insulation, and making sure your heating is ready for action – that way, you stay toasty inside without breaking the bank on heating bills. And don’t forget the outside! Cleaning gutters, inspecting roofs, and getting ready for snow removal are like putting a protective winter coat on your home. It’s all about creating a safe, comfy haven where you can enjoy the season worry-free.
With temperatures dropping here in Southern Ontario, this is a fantastic time to get your home winter ready.
Check Windows & Doors
- Inspect windows and doors for drafts.
- Seal gaps and cracks with weather-stripping or caulking.
- Consider adding thermal curtains or window insulation film.
Service your Heating System
- Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your furnace or heating system.
- Replace air filters regularly.
Check Chimney & Fireplaces
- Schedule a chimney sweep to clean and inspect your chimney.
- Ensure the damper opens and closes properly.
Winterize Faucets & Irrigation Systems
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Shut off and drain outdoor water faucets.
- Winterize irrigation systems to prevent freezing.
Check Outdoor Lighting
- Ensure outdoor lights are working and replace bulbs as needed.
- Consider adding additional lighting for safety during dark winter evenings.
Seal Foundation Cracks
- Inspect the foundation for cracks and seal them to prevent drafts and water leaks.
Inspect & Clean Gutters & Roof
- Remove leaves, debris, and other obstructions.
- Ensure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.
- Check for loose or damaged shingles.
- Insulate exposed pipes in unheated areas.
- Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach pipes under sinks.
- Ensure adequate insulation in the attic and walls.
- Consider adding extra insulation if needed.
Prepare for Snow Removal
- Service and test snow blowers or shovels.
- Stock up on ice melt or sand for walkways and driveways.
Check Safety Detectors
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Test detectors to ensure they are working properly.
- Ensure you have enough emergency supplies in case of power outages.
Trim Trees & Branches
- Trim overhanging branches to prevent damage during winter storms.
- Remove dead or weak branches.
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