Winter is a time when you want to sit and enjoy relaxing in the house and watching the snow fall! Winter is the worst time for appliances to break and cost you a fortune. Not only are we all preparing for the holidays so a lot of money is already tied up but depending on the appliance it could be hazardous to your well being. It can always be a good idea to take these 4 steps to prepare your home for winter!
Have your furnace serviced before the cold hits. If your furnace starts acting up while it’s freezing cold outside this can be dangerous for you and your family. Nobody wants to be freezing cold in their house during the holidays. If you fix home appliances before winter you will ensure you don’t have to wait during one of the busiest seasons of the year.
Schedule your snow removal before it’s too late. There are a number of companies that are doing snow removal and charge a small very affordable fee to do this for you. It’s best to book in advance so you have a space for your home especially if you have a large driveway that is extremely hard to manage on your own. You can always try hiring the neighbourhood kids but they aren’t as reliable and could get sick and leave you hanging.
Create an emergency kit in case of a storm. There have been some pretty crazy storms on the news over the years and we never really know when they are coming or where. We can try to trust the weather network but they can be wrong sometimes and it’s best to be prepared just in case. Pack things like food, water, blankets, glow sticks, flashlights, first aid kits, activities, cash, and a radio into a box and keep it somewhere safe. This is the best option for everyone no matter where you live and can help keep you safe in an emergency!
Service all alarms and detectors to ensure the house is safe this winter. Smoke alarms should be checked monthly, carbon monoxide as well and radon testing should be done every couple years to avoid having toxic gases sneaking into your home. Radon is just as bad for your family as smoking and can come up into your home through cracks in the earth. Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives!