During the winter months, your home faces some difficult weather: it’s going to go through freezing temperatures, snowfall, wind. While your home is trying to keep the harsh weather out, it’s also trying to keep you safe and warm inside.
So, how can you ensure your home is prepared for the ongoing winter weather? In this blog, we’re going to share some things that you can do to help prevent your home from being under pressure during the winter months.
Read on to find out how you can help your home and prep your yard - all for an affordable price.
Fix Drafty Windows
If your windows are old and drafty then you’re at risk of wasting a lot of money on your heating bill. Any time you decide to put the heating on, it’s going to head right outside into the chilly winter air instead of warming up your home.
Sometimes replacing windows isn’t an option and there is a cheaper solution to prevent cold drafts: covering windows in shrink wrap. By covering your windows and frames in plastic wrap, you can prevent heat from escaping and keep your home toasty and warm.
You can buy kits purposely for covering your windows during the winter months and they’re available in most hardware stores (check out our home centre!). If you’re hoping to save costs on your heating bill and keep your house warmer, then pick up one of these kits or look for a tutorial on how to do it online.
Clear Your Gutters
Not the most glamorous task to take care of, but definitely a job that needs doing! Nobody likes dealing with the bugs, leaves and dirt that litter rooftops and gutters but to avoid any major issues this winter you should (unfortunately) get up on that ladder and clear out the gutters.
To avoid any roof leaks or ice damage over the frosty months, it’s best to keep your gutters free of any blockages. Although it might feel like a bit of a hassle to get through, cleaning out your gutters will help to prevent ice dams.
Since we live in a northern climate, maintaining your gutters is still an important job to get done. Build up of leaves and muck in your gutters can cause them to break over time or for mold to grow inside them. Blockages in your gutters will prevent water from draining, which can lead to damp problems or the actual gutters breaking from the weight of the excess water.
If you don’t want to clean them out yourself you can always bribe a relative or hire somebody to do the job for you.
Protect Your Plumbing
One of the most vulnerable parts of your home during the winter months is your plumbing. Pipes are incredibly vulnerable to cold weather and if they burst, repairs can cost you quite a bit - especially during the holiday season.
One way to avoid your pipes freezing during the winter is to turn off any outdoor plumbing. Detach any pipes from outdoor faucets and make sure they are drained of all water still inside. This will prevent the water from expanding when frozen and tearing holes in your pipes.
If your pipes run through areas of your home that aren’t properly insulated, like the garage, you may want to think about getting the pipes insulated to avoid them freezing over.
You can insulate the pipes in your basement or garage with foam sleeves that snap around them. You can find flexible foam pipes at Lakeland Co-op Home Centre. They come pre-slit and with a hollow core to make it easy for you to fix them onto your pipes.
It’s also important to keep your hot water pipes insulated. When hot water runs through your pipes and hits a frozen or cold pipe it will cool down. This will waste your hot water, which means you have less hot water for your morning shower.
Be sure to keep your pipes between the hot water tank and the wall well-insulated as well.
Is Your Furnace Fighting Fit?
Your furnace is the heart of your home when it comes to keeping it warm and cozy for the winter. So if your furnace breaks or doesn’t work properly during the coldest months of the year you’re going to have to pay a hefty price to get somebody to come out and fix it.
Don’t let this happen!
Get your furnace serviced as soon as you can to make sure that it runs smoothly all winter. Regular services will give your furnace a better chance at a longer life and prevent it from breaking down when you need it the most.
Having a dirty furnace filter will reduce how well your furnace works and will cause your heating bill to be higher than expected. Be sure to check and replace your filters every three months during the warmer months and every month during the winter.
Need to pick up some supplies to help your home through the cold winter? Why not stop by Lakeland Co-op Home Centre to see how we can help you make your home warmer during the winter season.