Are you ready to greet the winter? Be proactive and get a head start on all your household winter prepping tips now. We've got all the tips and products you need to ensure your home and property weather the winter safely and efficiently.
Weather-proof windows by type: double-hung windows require both self-adhesive foam insulation and V-channel stripping, while casement windows only require self-adhesive foam insulation. Apply spray foam insulation between frames and studs.
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.
Keep the outdoors out.
Roll insulation can be used anywhere in your home, although it's best for covering long unobstructed areas like attics and crawl spaces. It 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.
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 percent 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.
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 (link needed). It keeps water flowing down to -40 degrees and comes pre-assembled and ready to install. An energy-saving thermostat measures pipe temperature, and each foot of cable consumes only seven watts of power.
Stay warm by dressing in layers. Whatever outdoor home improvement projects you're working on, you'll need durable, versatile, and reliable workwear to keep you safe and warm in winter.
Tip: In plummeting temperatures, consider wearing a heated jacket to ensure your comfort and safety. The Bosch 12-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Heated Jacket (link needed) has three quick-warming zones (two chest, one back) and a three-level heat controller for maximum control and comfort. Water- and wind-resistant with adjustable sleeves and waist, this lightweight and versatile heated jacket even has a USB charging pocket that's compatible with most electronics.
The weather may be frightful, but you can stay warm and cozy indoors with the right heating products. We carry an extensive selection of fireplaces, electric heaters, and heating systems to warm up your space and create an inviting atmosphere for your family and guests.
When those winds start blowing, make sure you're ready. Keep your family and property safe in case of power failure, fallen trees, or damage to infrastructure.
Tip: In case of a power outage keep shades and curtains open during the day so the sun can warm your space; close them at night to keep heat in. Turn off all your appliances and electronic equipment to prevent damage from a surge when power is restored. Don't open your freezer or fridge unless it's absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed. Use proper candle holders (deep, wide holders are best) and never leave lit candles unattended. Check on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours (e.g. the elderly, ill, or disabled) who may require special assistance.