As it is still time for fall, this offers the perfect condition for one to prepare their homes, houses, and property for winter. Even if you like it or not, winter is on its way, and it will be here before anyone of us realizes. Thus to ensure that you are fully prepared when it comes, it is advisable that one starts acting now rather than having to rush when the first snow storm happens. Since the temperature outside can allow you to get your garden and lawn ready for winter, it is good that you do it now.
When the winter season comes in Canada, many of us will stay indoors since we are hibernating from the cold. During this time, people will mostly enjoy warm fires, watch movies and stay indoors waiting for the spring season to come along. Winter is characterized by the presence of cold air, snow, and elements that are icey. The best way to cope up with such conditions is to ensure that you are well prepared.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the great tips that one can put into application not only in Canada but all over, to ensure that their house is well prepared for winter so that when it comes, you ensure that your home is free and safe from any damage.
How to get your home ready for winter
1. Look at your eave troughs and downspouts
Ensure that you clean out, you repair and secure all the eave troughs and downspouts that you may think have defects. When you ensure that your eavestroughs are clear and do not have any debris, it is the first step in ensuring that your roof and foundation is properly protected from any damage by water or ice. While it is not possible to entirely eradicate damage from ice, you can greatly minimize the damage it can cause.
2. Repair exterior caulking
Ensure that you undertake this repairs before winter time comes. By so doing, you will be avoiding any damages that it may cause your sills and windows. Ensure that you seal them fully as they may be a source of water getting into your home. When you repair and seal any exterior caulking your home will not only feel less drafty, but it will be more comfortable and warm as more energy will be conserved inside.
3. Repair any loose roof shingles
The integrity of your home is greatly determined by the condition of your roof. Ensure that all the roof shingles that are damaged are attended to as they may cause water leakages into the house. Ensure that you give the greatest attention to those sections of the roof that receive sunshine the most.
4. Check on the carbon monoxide detector
It is advisable that you check and if necessary replace your carbon monoxide detector. Since most of the time during the winter season you will be staying indoors, your furnace and most heat producing gadgets will be on most of the time and hence generate carbon monoxide. That is why it is important to ensure that your carbon monoxide detector is working so that it can alert you the moment it rises to abnormal levels.
5. Prepare your bedroom for winter hibernation
Something as simple as changing your mattress, blanket, duvet, or topper can make a huge difference. For instance, if you have a light summer duvet, it is time to swap it for a warmer winter one. You can also invest in an electric blanket. You’ll pass out at the perfect temp. You can also try to heat up your bedroom and save the money by trapping the heat in your bedroom where you need it most.