Taking steps to get your home ready for winter is essential for every homeowner. The best months to start winterizing your home in Alberta or Western Canada are September or October. This is the time when the temperature starts to drop and it’s a sign to inspect your home before freezing conditions come.
Winterizing your Alberta home requires checking the condition of the furnace, gutters, plumbing, and fireplace. Many Alberta residents also use this time to check other safety features such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Making sure your home is winterized isn’t expensive and doesn’t take a long time. This small investment in time and resources can prevent expensive repairs if pipes freeze or your HVAC breaks down.
Steps to Winterize your Home
Here is a checklist of essential jobs to winterize your home in Alberta.
Inspect your furnace
The first step is to call a professional to inspect your HVAC system. This should include thoroughly checking the furnace, replacing any necessary parts, and cleaning air ducts. If your home has a chimney and fireplace, then make sure and have that inspected and cleaned.
If you already haven’t done so, consider installing a thermostat for your home. This can help keep your home at a steady temperature during winter and significantly reduce your energy bills.
Check gutters and downpipes
After the trees have shed leaves in fall, arrange to clean leaves, debris, and any other items from your gutters that could cause blockages. At the same time, the gutter cleaner should check for broken seals and make sure that flashing is intact. This help prevents water damage to your property that could end up causing dampness and mold problems.
Inspect doors, windows, and the exterior
To help save on energy costs and winterize your home properly, ensure all cracks and entry points around pipes are sealed up. If you are getting drafts from doors and windows, consider getting sealing strips installed.
Prevent pipes freezing
One of the consequences of not winterizing your home correctly is frozen pipes which can burst. Drain all exposed plumbing pipes and air conditioner pipes or get them well insulated.
As well as getting your home ready for a cold winter in Canada, you should also get any equipment you need for winter ready. This can include servicing your snowblowers, sharpening ice choppers, and checking that you have enough snow shovels.
These essential jobs to winterize your home can make sure that you don’t have any winter-related incidents that damage your property.