Is your home winter ready?
Leaves are changing colour, holiday merchandise is popping up and the thermostat is quickly dropping. We all know to start digging out the scarves and toques for the upcoming Edmonton winter, but what about preparing your home? We created this helpful list for do-it-yourself winter-ready maintenance.
Follow these 6 easy home maintenance tips to get your home ready for the season:
- Replace your furnace filter: A clean furnace filter will protect your furnace parts from dust and debris that will damage the heat exchanger. A clean furnace filter will also help prevent many allergens and pollen from entering your home. Furnace filters are available for purchase at the Lincolnberg office and show homes.
- Clean your HRV filter: The HRV draws air from the outside of your home and, just like the furnace filter, can become clogged with dust and debris. These filters can be cleaned by removing them and washing in warm water. Just make sure that they are dry before replacing them!
- Clean your range hood filter: Kitchen range hoods remove odours and improve air quality. Cooking generates significant airborne moisture, which can cause window condensation and mould. These filters can be cleaned by removing them, washing in warm water and letting them dry before reinsertion.
- Check and clean your smoke detectors: Over time, dust, pollen, pet dander, cooking vapours and smoke can begin to build up on the sensors of your home’s smoke detectors. This buildup that forms over the sensors acts as an insulator, which reduces the performance of the sensors. Cleaning your smoke detectors involves two steps: vacuuming out the unit and wiping down the outside vents. Make a point of checking your smoke detectors during every Daylight Savings to help you remember this important home maintenance task.
- Disconnect your garden hose: Once summer is over, it is very important to make sure your garden hose is not connected to your outside faucet. A good rule of thumb is to disconnect it by the end of September. Leaving your hose connected will allow the water to freeze inside the faucet, potentially causing the line to burst and creating a leak inside your home.
- Check your downspout extensions: Since you just never know when it will rain, you should be conscious of leaving your downspout extension in the down position. Leaving the downspout in the upwards position will cause the water draining from the downspout to pool right beside the foundation wall in an area that was disturbed at the foundation stage. If there is a lot of water, the weeping tile system will not be able to keep up and the water can end up in your home’s basement.
Start on these winter maintenance tips before the snow falls – your home will be winter-ready and the transition into the cold season will be a little more bearable!