If you have a solid fuel-burning fireplace, it should be cleaned at least once per year to prevent accumulation of debris.
Weatherstripping provides a flexible seal around windows to prevent unwanted air from moving in or out of your home. If your weatherstripping has lost its resiliency, it will not provide an effective seal and should be replaced.
Clean and service humidifier
Over time, the repeated evaporation of water will leave mineral deposits in the humidifier. It is important to clear away any debris, which can be a breading ground for bacteria.
Drain exterior lines
To prepare you outdoor hose connections for winter, turn off the shut-off valve and drain the water. Learn more.
Drain hot water tank
Sediment that accumulates at the bottom of the tank can cause the heaters to operate longer than necessary, which increases your energy consumption. Flush your tank regularly in accordance to the manufacturer’s directions.
Check for soil settlement
Fill settled areas with compacted clay. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining drainage systems/strategies that move water away from their homes. Learn more.
Check and test carbon monoxide and smoke detector batteries
Make sure you read the owner’s manual for both your CO and smoke detectors. Experts recommend having both battery-powered and wired-in models for an added level of protection.
Clean range hood filters
Kitchen range hoods are an important part of your home’s ventilation system to remove odours and improve air quality. Clean and replace filters in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.