Between ice, snow, sleet and gusting winds, Canadian winters are tough—on us and our homes. It can also become a rather costly time of year if your house isn’t properly winterized before a deep freeze sets in.
To avoid higher energy bills, expensive furnace repairs, or burst pipes, you need to make sure every potential hazard is accounted for and addressed—and fortunately, there are plenty of resources on the Internet to help in this endeavour.
For starters, there’s no shortage of weatherization articles out there. This article, for instance, offers advice on virtually everything—from how to weather strip doors to instructions for finding pesky cracks and crevices, both inside and outside of your home. This one, similarly, offers some interesting tips—including how to use your ceiling fan to keep warm air in, and cheap options for wrapping your windows.
Alternatively, you might want to reach out to a professional—either to proactively get your furnace inspected (which you’re supposed to do every year) or conduct an energy efficiency audit. Ontario’s Union Gas, for example, offers a free weatherization program for qualified residents, as part of the provincial government’s energy conservation program.
What household winterizing tasks are on your to-do list this winter?