As the autumn weather settles in and temperatures get cooler it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter; a few little things can make a big difference for your home and maybe save you time and money later.
Turning the up the furnace or cozying up to a fireplace are things we like to do when it’s cold outside. Ensure your home is safe from CO hazards. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odourless and poisonous gas produced by common household appliances such as your furnace, fireplace, gas stove, propane heater, or any other fuel-burning equipment. Install certified CO alarms. They will warn you of rising CO levels.
Have your furnace inspected annually. It’s the only way to ensure efficient and safe operation. Change your filters regularly. And, be sure that warm air outlets are not covered by carpets or blocked by debris. Even though it’s cold outside, slightly opening a window during the colder months is a good way to air your house out. It helps to reduce the amount of fumes in your house.
Gas fireplaces are a convenient way to warm up a room, but they can be quite hazardous if there are small children in the house. The glass barrier on a fireplace can heat up to more than 200 degrees Celsius in about 6 minutes! It takes 45 minutes for it to cool back down to a safe temperature after the fire has been extinguished.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, check for obstructions such as bird nests. Consider having your fireplace and chimneys professionally inspected and swept.
For the outside of your home, there are some things to do before the snow starts.
Clear your gutters. Make sure there is a clear route for the water to drain from (once the snow melts)
Seal your windows and doors with weather –stripping and caulking.
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