Indoor

We spend a lot more time indoors during the winter season, especially when the chill becomes unbearable. Make your home more comfortable and safe with the following winter-prep tips:


 Inspect doors and windows for cracks/drafts; use caulking and weather stripping to seal any gaps

 Clean or replace furnace fi lters

 Get a furnace tuneup by a qualifi ed HVAC technician

 Inspect for and clean out debris and residue from fi replace/chimney

 Test smoke alarms. Batteries should be replaced bi-annually (ideally when the clocks change for DST and ST)

 Test carbon monoxide detectors - replace batteries annually

 Switch the ceiling fan rotation clockwise to blow warm air down

 Clean home humidifiers

 Check the attic, basement and crawl spaces for proper air ventilation and insulation

 Replace an older thermostat with a programmable unit to save money on heating costs

 Assemble an emergency preparedness kit for your home and vehicle


Outdoor

Your home’s exterior will endure the brunt of winter, so protecting the outside structure, lawn and outdoor equipment is crucial for proper winterization.

 Turn off exterior faucets and irrigation systems (outdoor pipes, sprinkler heads, etc.)

 Detach, drain and store hoses

 Insulate faucets/pipes

 Clean and remove debris from eavestroughs and gutter downspouts

 Ensure downspouts extend away from the house to prevent fl ooding and water damage

 Trim branches away from your home and power lines

 Clean up garden beds and wrap shrubs

 Inspect roof and replace missing or damaged shingles

 Clean the garage to store your car and winter equipment and tools

 Ensure winter tools are ready for use (snow blower, ice chopper, shovels, etc.)

 Stock up on sand, kitty litter, calcium chloride or other ice-melting materials to make walkways, steps and driveways safe


credit: directenergy.ca

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