Winter home maintenance is vital for all homeowners in Calgary. When temperatures start dipping below 30°F, it’s a sign that ice, snow, and wintery conditions are on their way. The start of winter is the last chance to carry out a home inspection to ensure that your property withstands extreme weather conditions.
The best time to get your home ready for winter is to carry out a complete fall maintenance check. But what are the essential items in your house to check if you didn’t get round to it?
This article has top tips on making sure your Calgary home is ready for winter.
3 Winter Home Maintenance Jobs
Here are the top three jobs to tackle in December to ensure your home is ready for ice, freezing rain, and snow.
1. Check the heating system
Average winter temperatures in Calgary are around 7°F to 10°F, so your heating system is crucial if you want to stay warm. Ideally, it’s best to have a professional service your HVAC system yearly before the chill sets in. A well-maintained heating system is cheaper to run. A poorly maintained heating system not only burns more fuel but can become a health hazard.
2. Seal up cracks and crevices
To save on energy bills, it’s vital to make sure that heat isn’t escaping through cracks around doors, windows, and pipes.
Of course, it’s best to seal up cracks in warmer weather, such as during spring home maintenance when caulking has a better chance of sticking. But if you notice chills around door or window frames, fix the cracks to save on fuel bills.
Related reading: What to fix in your home during summer.
3. Protect pipes
A vital home maintenance task for winter is to make sure that all pipes are insulated. Frozen water in pipes expands and bursts pipes, leading to flooding when the temperatures warm up. Locate the pipes in your basement or crawl space and make sure they have adequate insulation. If you have pipes outdoors—for example, garden hoses and sprinklers, drain water from them.
As a general rule, keep your home’s interior at least 50°F throughout winter to prevent burst pipes.