The cold weather has officially made a comeback in St. Albert and it’s time to think about ways to prepare your home for the colder months. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for winter.
Check your furnace
It’s a great idea to have your furnace professionally checked in the fall, before the deep freeze settles upon us. There’s nothing like having your furnace break down in the middle of a cold snap in January. A routine maintenance check will help ensure that your furnace is running efficiently. Depending on the age of your furnace, annual checks may even be included in the sale.
Inspect all windows and doors for leaks
To prevent your home from loosing heat, make sure that all of your windows and doors are properly sealed. Here is where weather stripping can play an important role – check your windows and doorframes and replace them where necessary. If you’re noticing a draft anywhere, caulk any areas that could benefit from it.
Sweep the chimney
If you plan on curling up in front of a roaring fire at any point this winter, it may be a good idea to get your chimney cleaned before entertaining the thought. Have a professional chimney sweep come to clean and inspect your chimney to make sure both the chimney and vents are in good condition before setting a fire. This prevents chimney fires and carbon monoxide from entering your home.
Clean your gutters
It’s a good idea to start the season with clean eaves troughs. That way, when snow begins to melt in the spring, it will have a clear path to escape, avoiding ice damning which could creep under your shingles and eventually into your home. When you are cleaning out the gutters, take a look at the downspouts and make sure that they extend away from your home by at least five feet. This will ensure that water runs away from your house and not towards it.
Inspect the roof
While you are cleaning out the eaves troughs, it’s also a good idea to take a peek at your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. Call in a roofer to help you with the repairs and ask them to check the seal around the chimney and air vents.
Drain your hose and turn off any external faucets
We all use our garden hoses throughout the summer, but it is essential to drain off the hose and turn off the outside tap before the cold settles in. Any water left inside can damage both the faucet and the hose, so make sure to winterize both to prevent any burst pipes.
Trim your bushes and trees
Make sure that any overgrown bushes, shrubs or trees are trimmed back away from the house, especially away from power cables. When the inevitable heavy snowfall hits, this will prevent any potential damage to property or power lines.
With these simple home maintenance steps, your home will be ready for winter in no time. Do you have any suggestions on how to get your home ready for winter? Comment below!