Are you ready to greet the winter? Be proactive! Get a head start on all your household winter prepping tasks now. We've got all the tips and products you need to ensure your home and property weather the winter safely and efficiently. Get started now!
Keep out drafts and lower your heating bill by weather-stripping your windows, doors, and attic access points. Make sure you strip your windows by type: double-hung windows require both self-adhesive foam insulation and V-channel weather stripping while casement windows only require self-adhesive foam insulation. Apply spray foam insulation between frames and studs.
TIP: If removing your window and door trim in order to install stripping or insulation is not an option, use latex or acrylic caulk to seal any air leaks.
Install air-tight plastic window film across your window frames, creating an effective temperature barrier that will save you energy and money on your heating bills. Window film only takes a few minutes to install, and requires no tools or other supplies!Shop All Window Film
TIP: Roll insulation can be used anywhere in your home, although it's best for covering long unobstructed areas like attics and crawl spaces. Roll insulation can be cut to fit any size cavity and is typically available in faced and un-faced varieties. Faced insulation is used in exterior walls as well as attics, finished basements, ceilings, floors, knee walls and cathedral ceilings.
TIP: Use blown-in insulation in attics for easy application. Make sure to consider the insulation's R-value (the measure of a material's ability to resist heat conduction) to get maximum efficiency and performance for your particular region and climate.
Try the highly-rated CertainTeed TrueComfort™ Fibre Glass Loose Fill Insulation or, for an eco-friendly alternative, consider GreenFiber Cellulose Blown-In Insulation which is made from 85% recycled content.
Make sure your yard, garden, deck, or patio are prepared to withstand the colder climes. Equip your home and property with snow protection for eaves troughs, plants, and garden tools. And don’t be afraid of snow and ice—face them head on with the right snow removal tools and equipment, including snow blowers, salt, shovels, and snow melting cables and sensors.
TIP: Terra cotta pots are prone to cracking and breaking in freezing temperatures. Try wrapping the containers in insulating material, such as burlap, old blankets or even bubble wrap!
Protect your pipes! Water expands when it freezes,and this can cause pipes to rupture during wintertime. Pipes are usually built with insulation around them, but cracks in walls or foundations can put pipes at risk.
TIP: Install thermostat-controlled, UL-listed pipe heating cables along pipes that are vulnerable to dropping temperatures. Use cables that are appropriate for your pipe and follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Some manufacturers recommend unplugging the cables at the end of the season.
Try the EasyHeat Water Pipe Freeze Protection Cable. It keeps water flowing down to -40°C and comes pre-assembled and ready to install. An energy-saving thermostat measures pipe temperature, and each foot of cable consumes only 7 watts of power.
TIP: In plummeting temperatures, consider wearing a heated jacket to ensure your comfort and safety. The Bosch 12-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Heated Jacket has 3 quick-warming heat zones (2 chest, 1 back) and a 3-level heat controller for maximum control and comfort. Water- and wind-resistant with adjustable sleeves and waist, this lightweight and versatile heated jacket even boasts a USB charging pocket that is compatible with most personal electronics!
The weather may be frightful, but you can stay warm and cozy indoors with the right heating products. Lowe's carries an extensive selection of fireplaces, electric heaters, and heating systems to warm up your space and create an inviting atmosphere for your family and your guests.
TIP: Ensure your heating system operates at maximum efficiency by installing a programmable thermostat. It will automatically reduce your heating or cooling when you need it least. The more you know about how much you use, the more you can learn how to use less!
TIP: Change your heating system's filters regularly to keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently. Filters trap dust and dirt so they don't reduce a blower's air flow. But if your filter is clogged, the system will have to use more energy to function.
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TIP: Keep the cold out by mounting insulated curtains on your windows. Not only will you save money on heating costs during the winter, you can also beautify your space with insulated curtains in a variety of colours and styles.
When those winds start blowing, you better be ready! Keep your family and your property safe in case of power failure, fallen trees, or damage to infrastructure.
TIP: In case of power outage...
TIP: Keep a portable battery pack in your glove box in case of stormy conditions on the roads. The Lifesaver 12-Volt Portable Battery Pack with Car Boost has 2 USB ports for charging multiple USB devices like tablets, smartphones, e-readers and more, and it can boost all 12 volt batteries up to 20 times on a single charge. It also features an LED flashlight with SOS and strobe signal for roadside emergencies, and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +50°C.Buy Now