What Should I Do to Winterize my Home?

Dated: November 2 2021

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What Should I Do to Winterize my Home?

1. Change Furnace Filters

Filters should be replaced every 3 months during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and make the furnace work harder, potentially reducing its lifespan.

2. Reverse Ceiling Fans

When operating in reverse mode (clockwise), fans pull up the air to the ceiling and drive the warm air down through the room.

3. Clean Gutters/Add Gutter Guards

Water easily flows down from the rooftop and away from the home when the gutters are clean. It prevents damage to the foundation and ice buildup on the roof.

4. Turn Off Exterior Faucets/Drain Pipes

Pipe bursts can easily be prevented when they are drained and their faucets are turned off. The same goes for valves and sprinkler heads.

5. Check Roof for Loose Shingles

To avoid leaks or damage, roof repair glue should be applied to any loose shingle. Ensuring all loose shingles are repaired prevents more damage and leaks when the snow melts.

6. Install Heating Cables

In some situation, roof heating cables can help avoid long-term damage caused by ice buildup and freezing.

7. Install a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can be adjusted to suit every lifestyle. They can be programmed to turn on the heat in the morning as everyone is getting up and to lower it when everyone leaves the house.

8. Check Fireplace

Inspecting the fireplace for animal nests, buildup and debris before the first fire of the season, as well as vacuuming or sweeping accumulated ash from the firebox can avoid hazardous situations.

9. Winterize Plant Beds

Watering plants before the first frost, adding a mulch layer to insulate the soil and covering up tender plants will protect them from frost heave and help them better survive the winter.

10. Rake Leaves off the Grass

Raking leaves is necessary for the lawn’s health. Fallen leaves form a dense mat that, combined with snow, create the perfect environment for snow mould to develop in the grass. Raking also helps remove dead grass on top of the lawn which can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots.

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