Winter weather is just around the corner and this is the time of year to make sure your home is prepared for the cold months ahead. Follow my checklist to winter-proof your home and to save hundreds of dollars on energy costs, potentially thousands of dollars in preventable home repair fees and to protect yourself and your loved ones from preventable accidents.
1. Seal driveways, brick patios, and wood decks. Clear away dead shrubbery near your foundation. Check walls for cracks and seal them as necessary
2. Inspect your attic to ensure you have adequate insulation to prevent warm air from escaping and forming condensation or ice dams in your home. Replace worn or missing roof shingles or tiles. Make sure that water from gutters runs away from the house by at least 2-3 metres. Clean your gutters
3. Change or repair weather stripping around doors. Look for cracks where heat may escape, and fill them. Upgrade dated windows with new, energy-efficient ones. Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation of your home
4. Have your furnace inspected by an HVAC technician. Keep outside furnace fresh air intakes free from blockages. Clean your ducts every three years. Change your furnace’s air filter. Clean your vents. Clean any wood-burning fireplaces. Ensure your chimney cap is secure and in place. Inspect fireplace damper
5. Ensure there is a properly functioning fire and carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Replace all smoke detectors and fire extinguishers that are over 10 years old. Change batteries in all smoke detectors
6. Drain all garden hoses and sprinkler systems and close secondary shut off valves inside. Look for exposed pipes in your home and wrap them with foam rubber sleeves or fibre-glass insulation
For more advice on protecting your home from winter weather, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 647-220-9588.