Winterizing your home

It looks winter is here and that means it's time to get your home ready for the upcoming cold weather. Check out the tips below for ideas on how to keep your home more comfortable and efficient this winter.

Seal Drafts - Seal holes, cracks, and openings in your home to stop the flow of heat through the walls and ceiling. If you have an older home this may mean installing plastic over the windows to help reduce the draft associated with older windows. Look for daylight at exteriors doors this may mean an improper seal, adjust and weatherstrip to get a good fit.

Safety - If your home doesn't already have one install a Carbon Monoxide detector, with the increased use of fuel burning appliances in the winter it is important for every home to have one. Follow manufactures directions for installation. Keep side walks and drive free and clear of snow and ice.

Keep Your Pipes Pumping - Pay less for hot water by insulating pipes. This will also decrease the chance of pipes freezing.

Turn off exterior water - By turning off water to exterior hose bibs and sprinkler manifolds the risk of bursting pipes due to freezing is greatly reduced.

Clean Those Gutters - Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home's gutters so that rain, melting snow, and ice can drain properly.

Bundle Up - If you have a tank style water heater, wrap it in an insulation blanket to prevent needless energy use.

Turn It Down - Many conventional water heaters are set too high. Try lowering the temperature setting a notch. A lower setting may be hot enough. When you leave the house, turn down your thermostat so you aren't paying for heat you don't need - or consider installing a simple programmable thermostat that will adjust the temperature automatically.

Furnace Care - A simple way to keep your home warm while cutting down on energy waste is by replacing your furnace filters or cleaning them as needed. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Insulate - One of the most effective ways to keep a home warm is to install adequate insulation. This is especially true in attics and crawlspaces. Insulation helps keep the home cool in summer and warm in winter. The sill plate area in your basement is a great place to insulate if not already done.

Use Energy Star® - Energy Star qualified products help you save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star label can be found on more than 40 different kinds of products for the home including heating and cooling equipment, electronics, lighting, and appliances.

Thanks to Bradly George of Pillar to Post Saskatoon.

Dwain Anderson

Dwain Anderson

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