It doesn’t feel like winter here in Toronto, but are you prepared for when the snow comes? With a little planning, you can be proactive in making your house more resilient to whatever Mother Nature brings our way. Here are some resiliency and energy efficiency tips to keep you and your family safe and comfy this winter.
Pick a weekend before the snow flies to go through this checklist. These small tasks can save you a lot of hassle by reducing the chance of basement flooding and burst pipes, and you’ll save money by lowering your energy bill and avoiding emergency repairs. Consider saving this checklist and add a reminder to your calendar for next year too.
Exterior Clean-Up and Maintenance
- Clear gutters and downspouts from leaves and debris
- Clear leaves and debris from around foundation walls
- Seal any cracks around foundation walls
- Drain and close exterior hose bib lines, or install a freeze-proof style tap
- Take down any large dead tree branches, or clean up limbs that could sever your power line if they come down in a storm – call your municipality if it’s on city property
- Add piping insulation to water lines, especially those near exterior walls, to help prevent freezing.
- Replace your furnace filter (if you have one).
- Have your furnace/boiler/heating system checked and tuned up by a professional.
- Check your thermostat settings – wear a sweater instead of turning up the temperature.
- Check around windows, doors, and electrical outlets for drafts. Caulk any gaps and repair any broken door seals/thresholds.
- Close dampers on any wood-burning fire places when not in use – check that they seal well and have it repaired if needed.
What do you do to get your home ready for winter?
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