Winter is not quite upon us yet, but here in the Niagara region cold weather has a habit of creeping up on us suddenly and without warning. With that in mind, don’t wait too long to prepare your home for winter before the cold temperatures hit. To help you get going, here are 12 quick tips!
1. If you have wooden windows, check them carefully for decay or rotting. If they are damaged, repair or replace them to keep the heat from escaping your home.
2. Another way to prevent heat from escaping is to check the weatherstripping on your doors and windows and replace them if required.
3. Also check the windows themselves for cracks or gaps. If you find that your windows are damaged, repair or replace them before winter.
4. If there are overgrown branches on your property, make sure that they are not too close to the home or to electrical wires. If they are, be sure to trim them because the weight of snow and ice combined with strong winds could bring these branches down.
5. If you have stairs on the outside, check to make sure that they are secure. Their integrity is sure to be tested by the ice and snow.
6. Check carefully to make sure that the firebox and flue system are clear of creosote and/or soot. Also check for cracks to avoid fire hazards.
7. In order to ensure that your furnace is functioning at full capacity and that the indoor air is clean, check to see the condition of your filters. Clean or replace them as needed.
8. Always check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors inside your home on a regular basis.
9. Plug up any leaks that you find in the basement, in the attic, or in crawl spaces.
10. Ice and snow build up can become so heavy that it can cause gutters to collapse. Before winter sets in be sure to check that all of the gutters are properly fastened, and if you notice any sagging or loosening, tighten them up as soon as possible.
While this is not an exhaustive list, these 10 tips will get you well on your way to preparing your home for winter. For more information, feel free to call Barbara Grumme at 905-356-9100.