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During these cold winter days, make sure to keep your home safe and comfortable. Here is a winter home maintenance checklist to use.

Keep your furnace operating safely and efficiently.

During winter, and especially extremely cold days, your furnace works hard to keep your home warm.

  • Schedule yearly maintenance to have a qualified HVAC contractor check and clean your furnace each year. 
  • If you experience a no heat situation, make sure your outside vents are clear of snow, check to make sure the batteries in your thermostat are working, and check the furnace filter to make sure it’s clean.

Prevent frozen pipes. 

If you plan on taking some time away from home to go on a vacation, remember to take steps to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Make sure the indoor pipes are insulated, especially pipes by windows and doors, or unheated areas of your home.
  • Leave faucets dripping slightly if your pipes are prone to freezing.
  • Set your heat to at least 13 degrees Celsius when you’re away.

Protect the flooring in your entryway. 

During winter, your flooring can be damaged with the tracked-in snow, salt and sand.

Help your indoors stay in tact with floor mats inside and outside each entrance to your home.In addition to mats, have a waterproof tray inside the door for placing wet boots.

Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

During winter when we spend so much more time indoors with the windows closed, it is especially important to make sure your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector are working.

Ideally, check both detectors in the fall, and make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the house. Change your batteries at least once a year.

Stop the cold air from getting in. 

If you feel a cold draft in your home, it’s not only going to make your home uncomfortable, but will cost you more in energy costs.

  • Check and repair weather-stripping and caulking around your doors and windows. 
  • If you feel large drafts coming in from underneath doors, make sure to place something in front so the cold air doesn’t get in, but make a point to fix in the spring.
  • Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.

Keep your trees safe.

If there is a large snowfall, it can make tree limbs heavy and break. Another situation that can harm trees is when we experience a lot of freezing rain.

Performing tree maintenance in the fall will help to prevent tree breakage, but to help keep tree breakage in winter, you can also remove large amounts of snow and ice from branches.

Using this winter home maintenance checklist will help your home stay warm and comfortable this winter. 

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