Prepare your home for winter with these tips

Reliance Home Comfort has a snowy weather checklist ‘without breaking the bank’

NEWS REPORT
FAMILY HOME COMFORT
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With a nasty winter storm set to hit southern Ontario, Michael Lopes, operations manager at Reliance Home Comfort, has a checklist for making sure someone’s home is prepared for the winter weather without breaking the bank.

Here’s his checklist:

1. Prune trees and clear debris. To reduce the risk of injury and potential damage, consider pruning back tree limbs hanging close to your home.

2. Gutter cleaner. Reuse an old plastic spatula. It’s a great tool for removing debris from gutters! It will not scratch the gutter and you can cut it to fit the gutter contours with snips. Dirt also wipes right off the spatula, making cleanup a breeze. Clogged gutters during storms can cause water to build up and damage your roof or siding.

3. Check your detectors. With the oven on and the windows closed, now is a good time to check that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Schedule an oven check to make sure your oven is working properly and avoid long waits during the coldest months of the year.

4. Keep window wells clean. In addition to caulking, one must ensure that leaves do not accumulate properly in the window. When leaves build up, they act like a pool liner and prevent drainage, breaking windows that allow water and snow to seep into the house.

5. Avoid costly oven repairs. Change your furnace filter. Make sure you have a new one before turning on your oven.

6. Avoid the freeze. Water molecules expand when they freeze and put tremendous pressure on pipes and other water pipes that often cause them to burst or burst. It is best to:

  • Let your faucets drip: Run the water on low during the coldest days of the year to prevent the water from freezing.
  • Seal it: Seal leaks near plumbing pipes to prevent cold air and condensation from creeping in.
  • Keep an eye on the temperature: Prevent the temperature in your home (especially near pipes and water pipes) from dropping below freezing. Direct warm air to areas of the house that are colder or near exterior walls.

7. Perform an energy audit. A trained auditor can assess your home’s current energy efficiency and provide you with a list of recommended improvements you can make, including adding insulation to the attic or upgrading to Energy Star appliances.

8. Rethink a generator. With many Canadians opting for a hybrid working model, generators are a necessity that will give you peace of mind as it will keep your home running no matter what Mother Nature decides to do.

9. Check in for discounts. The government is offering discounts as an incentive to help people prepare their homes for winter. Check out the Canadian Greener Homes Grant.

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