I couldn’t tell you exactly how it differs, but there is a distinct change in the air – the way it smells and tastes. The crispness that urges you to put on a sweater in the morning, even though you know by noon you’ll be shedding a layer, and while some of the trees seem to be desperately clinging to those last hopeful leaves, there is no denying winter is around the corner.
Get ahead of the season and keep the winter cold outside where is belongs. A bit of time spent winterizing your home now will save you money, and keep you and your family safe over the coming months.
Shut off the water supply to all faucets, including any in your garage if it applies and it is not heated. Then be sure to run them dry to eliminate the chance of water freezing inside and bursting the pipe.
If you have an older home and haven’t had your faucets serviced or replaced, you may want to put it on the to-do list. Newer models make this task much easier allowing for water to clear the pipes completely, where older designs still risk freezing and bursting unless you go to the effort of having the line blown clear. Not a common practice for the average homeowner.
Clean out your gutters
Get rid of those fall leaves and other debris to prevent leaks and overrun from melting snow and ice. Also, make sure downspouts are positioned well and long enough to direct water away from your home.
This may be a job for a professional with all the right tools and safety equipment, especially if you live in a multi-level home. The cost savings of being a do-it-yourselfer are not worth the risk to your safety for this task.
Yes, you read that correctly. I’m not advising that you actually start turning them on, but if you enjoy creating a rooftop landing strip for St. Nick and his crew, now is the time to do it. Don’t wait to precariously balance your ladder on snow and ice to get festive.
Have your furnace professionally inspected and cleaned, this helps it run more efficiently and efficiency translates to cost savings. You can save even more money by investing in a programmable thermostat, allowing you to turn the heat down while you are sleeping or away from your home.
Keeping your furnace in check also mitigates the risk for carbon dioxide leaks and fire hazards.
72-hour emergency kit
This is a good idea to have in your home year-round. If you haven’t yet prepared one, getting ahead of the winter storms and chaos is a good time to start. Not only should it include food, water and other basics, such as flashlights and candles, also consider emergency contact numbers and copies of other important personal documents. The Government of Canada has provided some guidance on this which you can find in the resources below.
These are just a few of the basics to get you started, take the time to check out the resources and see what the professionals recommend.
Want to know more? Review these sources and resources.
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