Sure, it’s only August and still warm out. But this is Canada after all, and come September, we all know what’s headed our way. The warm days are numbered and soon enough it’ll be time to book last minute vacations and squeeze in a few more trips to the pool or lake before sending the kids off to school and pulling the sweaters and parkas out of storage.
With the seasonal drop in temperatures, it’ll also be time to autumn-and winter-proof your home and get it comfortable for what’s coming.
- Seal up: Caulking is still one of the most effective ways to keep the cold out – and avoid wasting energy and money, too. Carefully inspect your windows and doors, as well as around pipes and cables that travel outside, and caulk as needed. Take a look at weather stripping, as well, and replace if it’s cracked, worn or improperly installed.
- Gutter check: Eavestroughs and downspouts are notorious for getting clogged with leaves, soil and birds’ nests, which increases the risk that water will accumulate where it shouldn’t and seep into your home causing damage. If you’re not keen about climbing ladders to the roof, find a contractor who can do the job for you. Do a visual check of your roof and chimney – if anything looks like it needs attention, hire a professional to inspect the area. The last thing you want is animals wintering in your attic, or a drip, drip, drip, inside your home when the rain and snow arrive.
- Shut off: Outside pipes that aren’t insulated, often the kinds you use to water your lawn or wash your car, are often the first to freeze once the cold comes. Locate the shut-off valves for exterior faucets and pipes, turn them to ‘off’, open the outside faucet to let any accumulated water out and then turn the faucets back off again. If you’re not sure what to do, a licensed plumber can help.
- Furnace tune-up: Homeowners often forget that furnaces are still working in the summer, helping air conditioners keep you cool. So, when cold temperatures arrive, you need your furnace in top shape, more than ever. At the very least, clean and replace your furnace filter to maintain air quality inside your home as well as to help your furnace run more efficiently.
Better yet, contact Reliance Home Comfort for a professional tune-up from a fully licensed technician to ensure your heating system generates and circulates enough warm air as soon as you need it and as long as you need it, all fall and winter long – this is particularly important as your furnace ages and especially if it’s more than 15 years old. The technician will also measure carbon monoxide levels, both inside the furnace exhaust and in your home, to make sure you and your family are safe from CO.
DID YOU KNOW?
Do you have pets? Vacuuming inside air intake vents – or having your ducts professionally cleaned – is a great idea for air circulation and the air quality in your home.