As the weather begins to get colder, it means that winter is officially on the way. Regardless of if you’ve seen a few flurries already, or if you’re still raking your leaves, it is a great time to winterize your home and prepare for when temperatures drop below freezing. Taking the time now, to follow some easy home winterization tips can not only help to save you money once the cold weather hits, but it can also make your life easier later in the season.
Home Winterization Tip 1: Have Your Furnace Professionally Serviced Annually
Before the weather gets too cold and you need to fully rely on your furnace for heat, it’s important that you have it professionally serviced. Not only can this help to ensure that your furnace can be reliable when temperatures drop below freezing, but you can also learn whether your furnace is energy efficient. Choosing to not have your furnace serviced on a yearly basis leaves you at risk for it to stop working or for it to not be fixed promptly. As well, by having it serviced, you can learn how a newer, more efficient model can heat your home better, for less.
Home Winterization Tip 2: Keep The Heat In
After you have your furnace serviced, it’s important that the heat actually stays within your home rather than escaping through cracks to cause drafts. Surveying your home to check for drafts near doors and windows is essential when doing this as you may find that the caulking both inside and out needs to be redone, or your windows and doors need to be replaced. When you block potential entry points for cold air to enter your home, you’re able to rest easy knowing you’re not only making your furnace work less to heat your home, but your money is being used wisely as heat isn’t quickly escaping. With this in mind, you should also check the insulation throughout your home, especially in the attic or crawl space. This is because poor insulation can cause your home to allow heat to escape quickly, not only causing ice damns to form as hot air melts snow, but forcing your furnace to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Home Winterization Tip 3: Survey Your Property
While it’s pretty to look at your property with the leaves changing colours, you should also take a moment to survey your land of any trees, branches or bushes that need trimming. Overgrown trees and plants can be dangerous in the winter months when the weather makes it not only more difficult to clear, but a hazard as wind can cause branches to fall and injure pedestrians or damage property. Additionally, while taking a look at your property, you should put away any outdoor patio furniture, planters or items that may be damaged by harsh winter conditions. Properly storing your outdoor furniture and items can help maintain their form and save you in replacements costs.
Home Winterization Tip 4: Organize Your Toolshed Or Garage
When you’re surveying your property and putting away any summer furniture, planters or miscellaneous items, you also want to make sure that the location you are storing these items is organized. Ensuring that your garage or shed is organized with its contents raised slightly above the ground can help guarantee that in the spring when you want to take out these items again, no matter the weather or thaw, your possessions will be safe. As well, it’s recommended to re-organize your tools or equipment for the winter season. Focusing on moving any tools you will need in the winter such as shovels, salt, snowblowers or heaters, to be easily accessible. You may be required to move your summer equipment like your leaf blower or lawnmower to the back of your garage as you will not need them for the next few months.
No matter what season it is, the brokers at Cambridge Insurance are committed to keeping you and your belongings safe. So contact us today to learn how we can protect your home and your belongings from harsh weather conditions this winter. You may find that your current policy doesn’t include coverage that protects you fully.