Jeff MacKinnon

Honest, hard working and thorough

Unfortunately it's time to winterproof your home



Clean the Gutters: Remove leaves and debris, unclog drains, and rinse away any dirt. This will extend the life of your gutters and help water drain easier once spring comes.


Check and Fix Leaks: Check your home for any indoor and outdoor leaks and drafts. Drafts can be checked by using a lighter and watching for a flickering flame. If the flame flickers, there are issues. Places to check: Electrical sockets, door jams, and windows. Some areas can easily be fixed by caulking around the areas with leaks.


Insulation: Add more insulation to the existing insulation in the attic. This will warm your home and cut down on the heating bill


Furnace: Get the furnace cleaned and checked once per year. Also, change the furnace filters at least once per year. Doing so will help your furnace perform better.


Windows: Windows will eventually need to be replaced because of the shifting of the house over a period of time. If the windows haven’t been replaced in 20 years, it might be time to check into cost and when they can be replaced. If you cannot replace the windows, then use a window insulator kit, which will help keep the cold out.


Chimney: Have a professional clean the chimney so you won’t have issues when you light the first fire of winter.

Ceiling Fans: The ceiling fan can be used for both summer and winter. Reverse the direction that you used in the summer for winter use, and it will distribute warm air throughout the room.


Outdoor Water: When you are ready to do so, and before winter settles in, turn off the valves leading to the outdoor taps.

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