For most Canadians, their home is their most important investment. It’s where your family spends a lot of time, so keeping it healthy, well tended and safe is important. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance and repairs can help you protect your investment by putting a stop to the most common and costly problems before they occur. So, here are some tips for getting your home ready for Winter
- Put away or cover your lawn furniture
- Clean up your garden, remove annuals, trim back shrubs, etc. Plant bulbs if you want to see tulips or daffodils in early spring.
- Book a maintenance call on your furnace, HRV system, and humidifier.
- Get the ducts cleaned if it hasn’t been done in recent years.
- If you have a forced-air furnace, change the filter to make sure the air stays clean throughout the season
- Turn off the air conditioner. When it’s time to cover up your outdoor air-conditioning unit, turn off the power right at the electrical panel
- Maintain your fireplace
- Clean out eavestroughs and downspouts
- Check doors and windows to make sure weather stripping and caulking are in good shape
- Inspect siding and the roof – check for missing pieces that may cause leaks
- Turn off outside taps at the source (from inside the basement) and then go back outside and drain the taps of any water left in the lines…..then turn off the tap again.
- Replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and test them to make sure they are working
- It’s a good idea to turn off all of the circuits in your electrical panel and then turn them back on again – they need a bit of exercise once in a while to keep them from “sticking”.
- Check in the attic to make sure air vents aren’t blocked (sometimes insulation shifts) – and make sure the home’s insulation is relatively uniform.
- Make sure you have salt handy for icy sidewalks – and know where your shovel is!!!
PUT ON YOUR WOOLLY SOCKS AND SETTLE IN FOR THE DURATION.