Winter-Ready: Preparing Your Home for the Chilly Season

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As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, it’s time to ensure your home is ready to face the challenges of winter. Whether you live in a snow-covered wonderland or a milder climate, taking these steps to winterize your home can save you money on energy bills and prevent costly damage. Here’s a quick guide to getting your house ready for the winter season:

Inspect Your Roof:

Start at the top by inspecting your roof for loose or damaged shingles. Repairing any issues now can prevent leaks and water damage during winter storms.

Clean Gutters:

Clear your gutters of leaves and debris to allow proper drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams and roof damage.

Weatherstrip Windows and Doors:

Check for drafts around windows and doors. Apply weatherstripping or caulk to seal any gaps to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Service Your Heating System:

Have your heating system inspected and serviced by a professional to ensure it’s running efficiently. Don’t forget to change the air filter regularly.

Insulate Pipes:

Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them in unheated areas of your home, like the basement or garage. Consider letting faucets drip during extremely cold nights.

Reverse Ceiling Fans:

Switch your ceiling fans to run clockwise at a low speed to help distribute warm air more evenly throughout the room.

Stock Up on Supplies:

Ensure you have an adequate supply of winter essentials, like rock salt, shovels, and emergency kits, to tackle snow and ice.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to keep your family safe during the winter months.

Seal Cracks and Gaps:

Inspect your home’s exterior for cracks and gaps and seal them with caulk or insulation to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Prepare Landscaping:

Trim overgrown branches and trees that could pose a threat during winter storms. Clear pathways for easy access to your home.

Store Outdoor Furniture:

Protect your outdoor furniture by storing it indoors or covering it to prevent winter damage.

Consider Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

If your budget allows, consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows and adding more insulation to improve your home’s overall energy efficiency.

By taking these steps to prepare your home for winter, you’ll not only stay cozy and comfortable but also save on energy costs and prevent potential damage. Don’t wait until the first snowfall; start your winter preparations today and enjoy a worry-free season in your well-prepared home.

Debbie Tsintaris is a LOCAL REALTOR® in the Waterloo Region offering expert real estate services in Waterloo and surrounding areas in Southwestern Ontario. 

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