Isn’t Autumn in the Okanagan Valley a spectacular time of year? It’s hard to believe it is already November and before we know it, winter will be here! As we know, a big part of being a homeowner is protecting your investment – even from the elements! There are many winterizing tasks that should be completed before it snows to effectively prepare your home for winter. Whether you are a snow-bird ready to fly south or someone lucky enough to call Kelowna “home” year-round, here are some tips to help you (and your home) prepare for the colder months ahead.
- Adjust thermostat
Whether you will be home or away this winter, be sure to adjust your thermostat to an appropriate temperature to keep you comfortable and to prevent pipes from freezing in your absence.
- Clean vents & service furnace
It’s a good idea to have a reputable HVAC company service your furnace and clean out your vents every two years or so to ensure things are in good working order for the season ahead.
- Change furnace filter
If your furnace doesn’t require a service, be sure to replace your filter (which can easily be done yourself).
- Clean out chimney
For those who have fireplaces, this is a good time of year to have chimneys professionally cleaned.
- Weatherproof windows and doors
Check the doors, windows and exterior of your home for places where cold air can enter. Use caulk or weatherstripping to help seal doors and windows and make other repairs as necessary.
- Tree & yard maintenance
Check around your home for branches that pose a threat to powerlines, rooflines, gutters, porch railings, cars or people and remove them. Be sure to hire a professional arborist for any jobs that cannot be handled safely on your own.
- Clean out gutters
Cleaning out gutters at this time of year will help melting snow flow more quickly throughout the winter.
- Insulate plumbing & put away hoses
To avoid freezing pipes, disconnect and put away garden hoses and, if applicable, drain and/or insulate outdoor plumbing for irrigation systems and pools.
- Prepare snow removal equipment
Purchase salt, get out the shovels, make sure your snow blower is in good working order. You don’t want to be scrambling for equipment when the snow inevitably flies!
- Reverse ceiling fan direction
Did you know that your ceiling fans can perform an important function in winter as well as summer? Reversing the direction the blades are spinning will help redistribute warm air that collects near the ceiling, pushing it throughout the room to help you stay more comfortable.
I hope these tips will help you settle in for a more comfortable Okanagan Winter. In the meantime, enjoy the stunning Autumn weather and activities Kelowna and the surrounding areas (Peachland, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Big White) have to offer. If you or a loved one is considering buying or selling a home or property in the Okanagan Valley, or if you have questions about Okanagan Real Estate, please get in touch with me so I can put my expertise to work for you in the Kelowna Real Estate Market.
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