With the first little bit of snow this morning, it seems like an appropriate time to provide you with my top 10 tips for winterizing your home. We all wait until the last minute but why not give yourself a head start this year?
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure all is in working order.
- Ensure your furnace, wood stove and any other heating sources are in good working condition
– Have them inspected, maintained and cleaned. During the heating season, make sure to clean or replace furnace air filters monthly
- If you go on vacation, even for a few days, leave the heat on and have someone you trust to check on your home while you are away.
- Run water through all plumbing fixtures regularly.
- Turn off Outdoor Faucets to prevent freezing.
- Inspect your attic for frost accumulation, and check your eavestroughs and roof for potential ice dams or icicles
- Keep your sidewalk and the front stairs of your house clear of snow and ice.
- Keep snow away from gas meters, gas appliance vents, exhaust vents and basement windows.
- Trim branches that are close to your house or electrical wires.
- Look for any cracks in your home that need to be repaired. Make sure all exterior doors and windows close tightly and that weather-stripping is replaced as needed
Also, with winter approaching that means the roads may be a little bit slippery… don’t forget to put your winter tires on! A friendly reminder that you will be entitled to a discount on your auto insurance if you do put winter tires on your car- make sure you let us know! Here is a great article from The Globe and Mail advising if Winter Tires are Worth It. Check it out!