Brrrr… the chilly season with snowfall and frozen rain is nearly upon us!

Take a moment to look at these seven simple tips to prepare and ensure your home is ready to be a haven from the cold this winter season!

  1. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    1. Set your ceiling fans to turn in a clockwise direction once you have turned on your furnace. This will produce an updraft and push down the room’s heated air from the ceiling. Helping lower your utility bills a smidge as well!
  1. Prevent Ice Dams
    1. Heat rises and as such can heat your roof, which in turn may cause snow to melt and produce large levels of melted water, forming ice dams along your homes drains and gutters. Make sure your attic maintains low temperatures through the winter months by cleaning your gutters, searching for air leaks and ensuring there is proper insulation in your attic. The goal is to keep your home warm while the attic also remains ventilated so cold air is introduced into it and heated air escapes rapidly.
  1. Prepare Your Doors and Windows
    1. Clear sills and moving parts of dirt and debris with a paintbrush to create a tighter seal and enhance window and door performance. Check weather stripping and re-attach and/or replace any that are worn down or missing. Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors, that may have been eroded due to extreme exposure to sunlight and/or heavy weather. This will help reduce potential drafts and leaks.
  1. Do a Seasonal Conversion in Your Wardrobe
    1. Prepare for the winter by getting boots, coats, hats, mitts and scarves ready! Place summer clothing in storage and keep your wardrobe spacious to help ease the changing of the seasons.
  1. Put Away Outdoor Gear
    1. Be sure to store and protect your lovely patio furniture and goods in the garage and/or shed to keep them in ship shape for the coming Spring!
  1. Get Your Fireplace Ready
    1. Inspect your chimney, and ensure it has been cleaned at least once within the year; it is recommended a chimney also be cleaned at least once every 80 fires. Check for any crack or loose joints of the firebricks, as heat can cause them to lose strength. Check the chimney cap, to ensure no debris had built up to stop it from opening and/or closing. Also, have a look to make sure tree limbs are cleared away to ensure no fire hazard is present. Finally, be certain to clear out any ashes within the fireplace and store wood outside your home.
  1. Insulate Your Plumbing System
    1. Take steps to prevent freezing pipes, by disconnecting and storing garden hoses. If your home has a separate shut-off for external faucets turn it off and drain the water from those faucets.

These are a few simple checks and tasks that can be easily completed to help you make your home winter ready! To learn more feel free to contact me directly. #WelcomeHome

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Kim Bailey-Brown – D: 519-865-0078
Real Estate Sales Representative
Re/Max Twin City Real Estate
515 Park Road North, Brantford, ON.

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