Make Your Home Winter-Ready

With the sun going down earlier and the temperatures falling, it’s time to start getting your home ready for the cold weather ahead!

Here are 10 ways to get your home winter-ready:

  1. Clean out the gutters – get rid of leaves and debris that can freeze into an icy mass and cause damage to shingles and/or the roof.
  2. Drain any outside water hoses, pipes or faucets – remove any residual water in outside hoses, pipes, and spouts/faucets before the first freeze so it doesn’t expand and crack the pipes.
  3. Seal drafty windows and doors – use weather stripping around the frame or window film kits (over the glass) to conserve heat.
  4. Have your furnace/boiler and HRV (heat recovery ventilator) checked and serviced if required to ensure they are operating safely and efficiently. To keep the furnace and HRV running well, inspect the filters and replace them when they become clogged or dirty.
  5. Adjust programmable or smart thermostats – you may want to re-adjust your unit to improve your comfort levels and lower energy costs.
  6. Make sure the power switch for your circulating pumps is turned on (on two-line water systems). This will prevent water line freeze-ups. It is recommended that these switches are left on year around. 
  7. Clean and/or inspect your fireplace – make sure your fireplace, wood and pellet stoves are in good working order and you have pellets, wood, or propane on hand if you plan to use them this winter.
  8. Prevent door locks from freezing – spray a little powdered-graphite lubricant into each door lock and then turn the key in the lock.
  9. Use heavier drapes or curtains which can help prevent heat from escaping.
  10. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they work and have good batteries.