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From the editor: What I learned about winterizing your home

Winterizing your home can be a daunting task. It means spending time outside in the cold to prepare your home, making phone calls to different contractors to get the house in order, and spending some money to do it. Not winterizing, however, can cause long-term damaging effects on your home. I learned you should call a handyman or expert for these reasons.

What does winterizing even mean?

In the winter, we make sure to stock up on a solid winter coat, gloves, hats, etc., right? Well, it’s kind of like doing the same for your home. You have to prepare your home with the right accessories in order to protect it while braving the cold.

This month, we dedicated our time to educating you on winterizing your home. It’s a lot of articles! That’s why we created this cheat sheet for you.

Top winterizing tasks

Have your heater inspected. Your furnace should be in optimal working order and ready to withstand the cold winter weather. Use our directory to find a heating and air conditioning specialist to conduct an inspection and routine maintenance.

Seal air leaks. When you’re spending so much money to heat your home, the last thing you want is for it to escape to the outdoors! Hire a handyman to replace any weatherstripping around your home to ensure air isn’t getting out.

Clean your home’s gutters. It’s an ugly job, but someone has to do it! When water and snow fills up the gutters and there’s so much debris, there’s no room for the water or melting snow to go, so it could end up in your basement. That can be a hefty repair bill to pay one day!

Build an emergency kit. An emergency can strike at your home at anytime, which is why it’s important to have one ready in the event of a power outage, flood, etc. Here are the essentials:

  • Flashlight;
  • Batteries;
  • Whistle;
  • First Aid kit;
  • Blankets;
  • Towels;
  • Non-perishable food;
  • Clothes;
  • Sleeping bags;
  • Water.

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How this work can save you money

Hiring a home improvement expert is going to cost you money, so how is winterizing your home going to save you money in the winter months? Trust us – it will.

  • Sealing air leaks. Since air can leak out of your home in so many places (air ducts, attic entrance, door and window frames) it’s necessary to cover them up! Once they’re sealed, you can save up to 30 per cent on your energy bill. That’s because your home will require less heat to heat the rooms since it’s not escaping.
  • Change furnace filters regularly. When your furnace filters are dirty, they have a hard time letting the furnace operate. Changing the furnaces on a regular basis (and more often if they get dirty quickly) will enable your furnace to work better and there’s a lesser risk of the furnace breaking down due to lack of maintenance.

While this sounds like a lot of work, I promise you, it’s really important to do! Otherwise, you could be spending your hard-earned money repairing the problems that ensue as a result of the fact that you didn’t winterize!

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