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Keeping Your Home In Great Winter Shape

When it comes to surviving Canadian winters, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is right on the money.

 

Preventing problems with home maintenance before they become serious issues is the secret to a happy, healthy home.

 

Performing routine seasonal maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in unanticipated repairs, enhance your enjoyment of your home and keep it in tip top shape for years to come.

 

We recently received a Winter Maintenance Checklist from Tarion that we’re happy to share with you.

 

December (remember this for next year!)

  • Check air ducts
  • Check for excessive snow on roof
  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

January

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check furnace fan belt
  • Check water heater
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

February

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check inside surfaces
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI

 

A Word About Snow . . .

 

Melting snow on your roof can re-freeze and damage both the interior and exterior of your home. This Tarion video shows you how you can safeguard your home against ice dams this winter and in winters to come.

 

Find out more here.