Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Although we have been enjoying warmer than normal weather here in Edmonton thus far this fall, it is inevitable that we will soon be facing old man winter. Each season we battle the cold, the wind, and the snow - and so does our house. Helping your home to keep you warm and comfortable in the colder months starts now!
Here are a few things that will help you get you and your home prepared for the colder weather:
- Secure and Weatherproof Windows and Doors - make sure that the windows throughout the house are closed securely, especially older style windows. An spacing may result in draftiness and ice buildup at the seams that are open. Also - make sure that the weather stripping around your doors and framing are still intact and in good working order.
- Furnace Health - If you haven't had you furnace cleaned in the past 2 years it would be a good idea to get that done. This is especially true if you have pets in the home that shed a lot of hair. The build up of debris in the heating system can shorten the life of your furnace and decrease the quality of air you breathe . Also make sure to go out and buy enough air filters for the next 12 months so that you know you will have a good supply throughout the winter!
- Seasonal Items - My Christmas ornaments are usually shoved away way up in the corner of my garage attic. A good idea is to make sure that they are easily accessible - and preferably in a warm place - for when the time comes to get them out for the season. That way you are not out in the freezing garage attic (like I was this past Christmas) having to pull the decorations out.
- Wardrobe Change - It is a good idea to take all of your super warm weather clothes out of the closet and dressers over the winter months to prevent clutter and the reminder of warmer days. Instead pack them in a tidy tupperware bin and put into a storage area until spring.
- Prep for next Summer - now is an excellent time to go to your local hardware store and prepare for the next spring/summer by buying a few items. Most places discount their old stock heavily at this time of year - shrubs, fertilizer, landscape supplies, etc. . A few years ago I bought a bunch of $30 shrubs for $2 each! Then, instead of planting them in frozen ground, let them sit in the house/garage in sunlight over the cold months and plant in the spring.
The transition from warm to colder weather is never easy, but I hope that these fall home tips help you make that transition a little bit easier!