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.

Are You Prepared For Heating Season?

Ok, I think it is officially time to accept that heating season is here! After a really warm September, which seemed hotter than the summer, it’s time to get ready for winter!

After digging your winter clothes out of the attic and getting new boots and coats, you need to get your house ready for winter, too. That means:

a) You need to call Afterglow for a furnace or boiler tune-up,
b) If it is time, call Afterglow about a new, more efficient, more comfortable heating system.

If you are due for a new heating system, you may be worried about the cost, but new systems work beautifully and save you money in the long run! They are far more efficient and heat homes evenly and rapidly. Along with saving you money, they also save energy and put less of a load on the energy grids, which is great for the environment. How can you go wrong?

A dependable heating system is crucial to home comfort. With new systems, there are also limited time rebates available – up to $900 in government grants. Give us a call to find out about great deals in heating systems and how your home can be warm and comfortable this winter without hurting your budget!

Afterglow will help you keep your heating system in perfect working order throughout the winter season, giving you peace of mind. So pull out those sweaters and enjoy the rest of fall before winter is upon us!

Fun fact! Ontarian’s use natural gas as their principal energy source for heating.

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