Winterizing Your Home Against The Cold

This week we saw the autumn dew turn to frost in an altogether expected, but disappointing, turn of weather. Besides, what is a month in Calgary without snow? A miracle. They may have predicted we would have a snow free October, but here in Alberta we know better than to trust a long-term forecast.

With the fresh snow coming our way this weekend, it is time to winterize! Ideally you would already have this done, but sometimes life gets the upper hand. If you're scrambling now to winterize your property while it is currently wintering, here are some tips of things to check in on so you can stay toasty warm all winter long:

  • If you have any leaks, cracks, or holes in your home, now is the time to fix them! What is merely annoying during the summer is going to become detrimental during the winter and is something that could seriously damage your home. Carefully inspect problem areas and make sure you seal your home up tight! Pay particular attention to drafts coming from doorways, and use something such as a draft snake to take care of it.
  • One of the biggest ways that the cold can creep into your home is through windows. You can buy winterizing kits for them, although they are not the prettiest things to look at. Other options are buying heavy drapes, or getting storm windows installed! Both options are more expensive upfront, but can save you hundreds of dollars in heating bills over the years. No matter what you do, make sure the windows are airtight!
  • Check in with your furnace to make sure everything is running smoothly. No one wants the furnace to go out in the dead of a -30 night.

The most important thing about winterizing is making sure you save on your heating bill and protect your home from the elements. Although it may seem like extra work and money up front, it is incredibly important to take care of your property. Not only will this keep it running smoothly for you, but it will add value to any potential sale! Take care of your home, and it will take care of you.

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Posted by Ken Richter on


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