Winter came in hard and fast in Calgary this year which means right now is the time to ensure your home is prepared for the winter season! Spending a few moments inspecting your house today can help you save a lot of time and money later. Waiting could mean taking your chances with a burst pipe, leaks, or a broken furnace in cold temperatures. Thankfully, there is a lot you can do to keep your home warm all winter long.
Here are some tips on what you should be doing now to get your home winter-ready.
- Check your window and door seals: Inspect your windows to ensure the seals are in top condition without any gaps. Those gaps are the culprits in letting warm air out and cold air from outside, in. This is a simple, easy way to save money on heating costs and make sure your furnace doesn’t work harder than it needs to.
- Turn off outside faucets: Drain your hoses and turn off any outdoor faucets you have. Keeping water in your hose or outdoor facet can cause it to freeze and can lead to the pipe bursting inside your home. While many of you have probably already taken this step in Calgary, it’s best to wait for a warmer day if you haven’t gotten to it quite yet.
- Clean and repair your gutters: With the snowy weather hitting Calgary before the leaves have fallen this year, you could be in for a soggy leafy mess in your gutters. Take a few moments to inspect your gutters and make sure they are clear. This will help ensure melting snow goes where it should and doesn’t leak into your house.
- Trim any dangerous tree branches: A heavy snow-covered branch falling on your house is not something any of us would like to experience. Taking the time to trim branches that are close to your house can help prevent this. You can also help your trees out by shaking off any heavy snowfalls that stick to their branches.
- Get your furnace serviced: Last, but not least, this is the perfect time to get your furnace serviced. Ensuring your furnace is in top working order will help keep you and your family warm all winter long. Just as you go to the doctor for a yearly checkup, your furnace should be serviced regularly as well. In fact, regular maintenance can extend the life of your furnace by up to 20 years!
The furnace technicians at Air Force would be happy to come to your home to inspect, service and, if needed, repair your furnace to keep your home heated all winter. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your furnace maintenance.
By following these tips, you can be sure that this winter will be the most comfortable one in your home yet!