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Winter-Proofing Your Home

  • Home Owner Tips
  • Friday, January 12, 2024
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Extreme cold winter weather, like we’re experiencing in Calgary this week, can also wreak havoc in our homes, causing moisture to freeze on windows and in gutters, which can create issues.

We’ve created a quick guide to help tackle the frost and keep your home cozy.

Combatting Frosty Windows

Frosty Windows

  • Run bathroom fans for extended periods to vent moisture.
  • Ensure to use the kitchen range hood fan while using the stove.
  • Keep internal doors open to encourage air circulation, especially in less-used rooms.
  • Avoid using humidifiers.
  • Open curtains and blinds to minimize frost on windows.
  • Wipe away any built-up condensation on windows to prevent freezing.
  • Check your programmable thermostats to ensure temperatures aren’t set too low overnight or when you’re not home.
  • Keep heat registers unblocked to ensure heat can reach exterior walls, ceilings, windows, and doors.
  • If your thermostat doesn’t have one, invest in a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels in your home. (Refer to the chart below for recommended humidity settings.)

Humidity Chart

Tackling Downspouts and Vents

  • Check downspouts and ensure they are in the down position to ensure proper drainage and clear any ice to prevent ice dams.
  • Check vents for cold air and increase insulation to prevent cold air infiltration, and maintain a consistent temperature.

For more winterization strategies, check out our blog on Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Do This Winter, How to Reduce Moisture & Humidity in Your Home this Winter, and Leaking Bath Fans & Attic Rain.

 

 

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