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Winterizing your home in Guelph

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It’s time of year again Guelph home owners! It’s officially time to get ready for winter. So, I decided to put together a few tips for winterizing your home that will help save you money on heating costs, protect your home from the harshness of the winter months and keep unecessary repair costs from adding up.

Here we go.

CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS

The reason why:

It’s very important to keep your gutters flowing freely to allow proper drainage. You need to get up there and make sure everything is clear or better yet get a local handyman or someone comfortable on a ladder to help you out. Consider putting in leaf guards which are quite effective at keeping things clean. It’s a relatively easy job and should only take you a couple of hours.

The cost:

Free if you do it for yourself. A local handyman may charge between 100 to 200 dollars.

Time required:

Depending on the size of your home 1-2 hours.

And if you don’t:

Clogged drainpipes can lead to ice dams that can damage your roof and soffit leading to   costly repairs in the spring.

REPLACE THE FURNACE FILTER

The reason why:

This easy step not only cleans the air you breathe improving your heath reducing allergens, it also improves the efficiency of the furnace lowering your heating costs.

The cost:

Based on the brand and furans anywhere for 2-10 dollars

Time required:

5 minutes

And if you don’t:

Your furnace will not circulate the air through your home as efficiently and thus will run longer and more often. Increasing your heating bill.

INSTALL DRAFT GUARDS

The reason why:

Installing new door sweeps or draft guards on exterior doors reduces heat loss and drafts, and helps prevent unwanted critters entering your home.

The cost:

Approximately 40 dollars per door.

Time required:

Each door would take an average DIYer 30 minutes.

And if you don’t:

This simple job will save you on heating costs and you may get a few unwanted winter nesters. You can also put a towel at the base of the door if it’s one not used often in the winter.

WEATHERSTRIPPING

Check the weatherstripping around doors and windows for damage and wear.

The reason why:

Reducing drafts is key to saving money on your heating. I find the doors used most often wear quickly and need to be replaced more often.

The cost:

Typical weather stripping kits for doors cost approximately 30-40 dollars.

Time required:

A typical door takes about 30 minutes.

And if you don’t:

Broken or worn weather stripping could make your doors  not close properly and cause drafts.

CAULKING

The reason why:

Caulking around windows and doors needs to be checked and replaced when necessary. It’s a very important element of your home where water can penetrate into the exterior walls and cause damage and mould growth where you can’t see it until it’s too late.

The cost:

1 tube of caulking per 2 average sized windows. 6 dollars

Time required:

This job will take the average DIYer a few hours to complete depending on how many windows need work. You may also elect to have a professional do this for you for a pro finish.

And if you don’t:

Water will seep into your wall cavities and cause the studs to rot. Mould damage and seriously expensive repairs may be the result if left too long.

WINDOW FILM

The reason why:

If your windows are more then 5 years old you may want to consider window film. It’s not fashionable but saving money sure is. Installing film on drafty windows can save up to 70% of heat loss through window areas.

The cost:

Window and patio door kits are available. This is a simple job that should only take a few minutes per window. Its are about 15-20 dollars.

Time required:

Kits are simple and should only take a few minutes per window.

And if you don’t:

Drafts from windows lead to higher heating costs and uncomfortable living spaces.

PAINT

The reason why:

If you haven’t already and it’s not yet too cold. Ensure unprotected wood surfaces are painted up before the snow flies. Protecting wood surfaces ensures longer life for those elements.

The cost:

A can of paint typically runs about 40 dollars. We do have a nice partnership deal with Dulux Paints that can save you 35%, aso ask us about it!

Time required:

Based on the amount of surfaces that need attention, 1-4 hours for a typical home.

And if you don’t:

Replacing rotten boards in the spring can be expensive, and it will make the home look like it’s in poor condition.

CEILING FANS

Reverse the rotation on your ceiling fans. They should be turning clockwise in the winter to bring the warm air on the ceiling down to where we like it.

Ensuring you do the proper maintenance on your home is necessary, but it’s easy and affordable. Best of all you are protecting and increasing the value of your investment for years to come.

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