Top 5 Tips For Winterizing Your Home

As winter approaches, it’s important to not only prepare yourself for the cold weather but your home as well. If your home is not properly winterized, it will leak both warm air and money. Here are some helpful tips to avoid winter complications!

Run Fans In Reverse

Many ceiling fans come with a switch allowing the blades to reverse their direction. By switching the blades from counterclockwise to clockwise, the breeze becomes warmer which helps heat your home! This small but effective tip is often overlooked yet it can make a difference in your home (and bills) over the winter months.

Draft Protection

Air leakage is very common in homes and cool drafts can increase the cost of heating your home. According to Union Gas, 30-40% of heat loss is due to air leakage. Here are some effective ways to protect your home from air leakage:

  • Add draft snakes along the bottom of drafty doors to eliminate breezes that sweep under doorways.
  • Install plastic window seals to stop drafts. These kits can be found anywhere, including the dollar store and require little to no labour.
  • Caulk gaps to effectively seal off air leakage for a more permanent solution.
  • Install storm windows and doors to stop the cold winter winds. Government incentives are often available if you choose to install storm windows and doors.

Change Furnace Filters

It’s important to remember to change your furnace filter every 2-3 months (depending on your model) in order to ensure your furnace runs effectively and efficiently.

Permanent filters are also a great, environmentally friendly option that will save you the trouble of having to remember to change your filters as often. Remember that you can always call on Afterglow for help getting your furnace ready for the wintry days ahead.  

Trim Back Your Trees

The arrival of changing temperatures and winter storms can often mean trees get a heavy coating of ice which can cause breakage. It’s crucial to trim back the branches near your driveway, roof or windows to avoid the risk of damage or injury.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause water to pool and freeze creating ice dams, jamming the flow of water. This can cause damage not only to your gutters, but also cause leaks inside your home. When your gutters are clogged, the melted snow from the roof pools up, eventually seeping into the house. To prevent this issue, make sure all leaves and other debris are cleared from the gutter before winter.

You can prepare your home for winter by ensuring each of these areas receives attention before it develops into a larger problem. But if you are worried about whether your HVAC is prepped for winter, contact us to check that your major systems are ready.

Why do furnaces break?

Why do furnaces break? The simple answer is … lots of different reasons.

At Afterglow, we get asked that question all the time.

It never fails… we ring the doorbell, walk into a home that has electric heaters plugged into every outlet. We follow the homeowner to the basement and find the sad, quiet, and old furnace that refuses to do its job.

Here are the top 4 reasons your furnace died at the worst possible time:

1.   Parts Fatigue: This is the top reason. The furnace has been working with many on-off cycles, just like city driving, causing one or some of the parts just stop working.  An annual 15 –point furnace checkup can be proactive.

2-   Cheap furnace: Do your research. A good manufacture will build a good furnace and it will last longer than a piece of junk every time.

3-  Professionally installed: If the furnace is not installed properly it will not work up to its full potential.  Afterglow technicians are well trained and agile, problem solvers.

4-   Environmental Reasons: These problems are unique to each site. Kitty litter, pets, children, saw dust, dryer lint, spider webs, humidity and water softener salt all contribute to a furnace’s failure. Regular maintenance can help add years to your furnace.

Our New Bear Paws

We love to support our local economy (with our BlackBerry’s) and the national economy with Canadian made products. We found a new shoe cover called Smuckers, and we bought boxes of them to keep your home clean.  

Our highly trained Afterglow technicians will put them on over their workboots when they enter your home to keep your floors clean! That’s our gaurentee.  We call them Bear Paws because we thought it sounded cooler than Muckers. Check out Stephen’s Vlog on Bear Paws, and our guarantee.