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Get Ready for the Winter & Holiday Season​

The cooler season has arrived. Home maintenance is a year-round endeavour no matter if you live in a house, condo, or acreage. Here’s a breakdown of how you can get your home, closet, vehicle, and even treats ready for icy temperatures!  ​​

Getting your home ready for w​inter

  • ​Check your furnace filters if you haven’t yet.
  • Switch your central humidifier to “Winter” and change the filter.
  • Check your windows and doors for condensation – replace caulking. 
  • Have your chimney inspected for damage and repairs – this includes for both wood and gas fireplaces.
  • If you haven’t changed the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide monitors, please change it.
  • Avoid overloading your circuits especially for your holiday lights. 
    • Double-check your power cords and extensions, and replace damaged ones. 
  • Safely break icicles to prevent home damage in your attic or exterior walls. 
    • If you have an ice dam, reach out to a professional to inspect your eavestroughs.

​​Getting your closet ready for winter

  • Move summer items to the sides or back of your closet, or store them elsewhere.
  • Bring out your thicker knits and fabrics for easier access.
    • ​Wools and wool-blends are a great way to keep you warm!
  • ​Open-toe footwear is not recommended for Alberta winters! Swap out for closed-toe, well-insulated and treaded footwear.​

Getting your vehicle ready for winter

  • ​​Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
  • Top your washer fluid with suitable fluid that can handle freezing temperatures.
    • Have an extra bottle in your vehicle – just in case!
  • Winter tires are recommended for snowy roads.
  • Make sure your emergency car kit is fully stocked including a throw!
  • Visit an auto shop to ensure your vehicle is ready!

Sweet treats for winter

We hope this checklist of reminders helps you get ready for the winter and holidays months! For more helpful tips, visit our blog​.


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