Our mild winter has finally come to an end. In a winter where -5 has felt cold, we’re going to be in for a shock this coming week. Extreme cold temperatures are around the corner, with lows hitting -37. Brrr! It's time to ensure our homes are ready for winter's chilly embrace. Just like we bundle up in cozy scarves and warm coats, our homes also need some extra care during periods of extreme cold. Proper maintenance is the key to keeping our beloved abodes safe, comfortable, and cozy when the temperatures drop. So grab a cup of hot cocoa, friends, and let's dive into some essential tips for preparing and maintaining your home during the cold winter months.

Seal & Insulate

Sealing your home tight is just as important as a warm hug on a frosty day. Inspect your attic and basement for any openings or cracks that need sealing, and check your windows and doors for any drafts. These sneaky gaps may seem harmless, but they can let in unwanted cold air and raise your heating costs. Caulk or weatherstrip those gaps, and you'll keep the cold air out and the cozy warmth inside where it belongs. While you're at it, check your chimney for any cracks or damage, making sure it's ready for those cozy nights by the fireplace.

Watch your windows

Your window will be the first to show any signs of excess humidity. If you notice condensation building up on your windows, wipe them with a towel and adjust your home's humidity levels on your furnace. For cases of high humidity, consider using a dehumidifier.

Stay on top of snow removal

Snow can be beautiful, but it can also pose a risk and cause damage if you're not careful. Shovel snow promptly and spread some ice melt to ensure safe passage for family, guests, and neighbours. And don’t forget to remove snow from your roof to prevent heavy loads that could lead to structural damage.

Watch for ice build-up around your furnace exhaust vent

Check this area periodically over the winter and remove ice build-up to prevent a complete blockage.

There you have it – your essential guide to preparing and maintaining your home during extreme cold. By following these tips, you'll keep your humble abode safe, comfortable, and cozy all winter long. Remember, proper care and maintenance are the keys to weathering the cold with confidence. So grab your toolbox, put on your winter hat, and let's show winter who's boss!

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