Quick Tips To Winterize Your Home
We know that Canadian winters can be tough on our homes – both inside and out. Here are some time-saving tips to stay ahead of the harsh weather from specialists on this topic at Home Depot Canada:
Prep the deck
Cleaning the deck’s surface, especially removing debris caught between deck boards, can save a lot of time come spring. Consider using a power washer and recommended cleaner to remove mold, mildew and grime. When the surface is clean again, seal it with a weatherproofing wood stain for lasting protection.
Keep a maintained roof over your head
A well-maintained roof keeps the warm air in and cold air out. Being proactive now, with repairs and maintenance, will prevent larger issues in the spring months. Remember to check and examine if there are any leaks, ventilation issues, or insulation deficiencies.
Install door sweeps
A door sweep takes care of air leaks at the bottom of doors common in older homes. A door sweep is easy to install with a few simple screws. By applying weather stripping, you can save up to 20 per cent on heating and cooling bills.
Prep drains for winter
Prepare for the winter run-off by adding a downspout extension to your current drainage system. Come spring, melting snow should be directed at least three to four feet away from your home’s foundation. Make sure exterior faucets have been turned off. Any water left in the pipe could freeze, forcing expensive repairs for burst pipes.
Fall dust down
Now is the time to thoroughly clean heating ducts, grills, registers and ceiling fans. Air filters should be replaced as least once every three months as they can become clogged, causing your system to work less efficiently and increasing operating costs.
More information plus tips and tricks for winterizing your home are available online at www.homedepot.ca.