Canadian winters can be unforgiving, particularly on the budget. Utility costs can skyrocket if you do not take precautionary measures to properly winterize your home. These 4 simple tips can save you hundreds of dollars this winter.
- Clean Your Gutters
Luckily, it costs you nothing to clear the leaves and outdoor debris from your gutters in preparation for winter. The benefit is you’ll have no threat of ice forming and creating dangerous icicles that may cause damage during the winter season. Better to take a fall afternoon to get your gutters clear than to have to replace them entirely.
- Replace Your Filters
Clogged filters in your HVAC unit shorten the life of your HVAC by making the system work overtime. Changing your filters out often is inexpensive and can save you up to 20% on your utility bill. Did we mention, you’ll also have clean air to breathe?
- Use Draft Guards
Using draft guards keeps your heat from sneaking through the cracks under your doorways. Draft guards trap in heat and help keep your heating costs low. You can even use stuffed socks, towels or rugs to avoid the cost of buying expensive, store bought products.
- Check Your Windows and Doors
Fall is a good time to inspect your windows and doors for potential cracks that could let the cold in and the heat out. Replace any caulking or weather stripping that isn’t functioning properly to ensure your windows and doors are properly winterized.
Use these simple tips to save money and ensure your home and wallet are prepared for another unforgiving Canadian winter.