Cold weather is coming to the Great White North
(NC) There's a reason Canada is called the Great White North.Cold weather crosses the country, with Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa serving as some of the nation's iciest locales. With an average temperature of -28.9 degrees Celsius, Yellowknife, NT, tops the charts as the coldest area in the country – and, nationwide, December tends to be the chilliest month.
To make sure you're warm and cozy when the frigid temperatures arrive, follow these tips to get your home in tip-top shape.
Fine tune your furnace. Nothing's worse than furnace trouble during the fall and winter months. Make sure your furnace is primed and ready to perform during the cold winter months with a few checks. Install a new filter, and check to see if the motor and blower need cleaning.
Insulate windows. With all their gaps and edges, windows are a main area for drafts. To keep cold air out, install insulating window seals, such as Duck brand Roll-On Window Kits. These kits are easy to install and can help keep the thermostat down, lowering heating bills.
Cover door nooks and crannies. When air slips in under the door, it's natural to want to turn up the heat. Fight this urge with an insulating door seal, like the Double Draft Seal from Duck brand, which hugs the door from both sides to keep out drafts. Or, use the brand's Triple Draft Seal under doors; its inner seal helps retain room temperature, an outer seal blocks drafts and bottom fins help keep out moisture and water.To seal the entire door perimeter, install a self-adhesive foam or rubber door seal around door edges.
Stock up on supplies. Be prepared for a sudden snowstorm by purchasing key cold weather supplies, like salt for the driveway, antifreeze to keep in your trunk and new shovels. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have a few non-perishable food items, extra batteries and plenty of blankets on hand should you get snowed in.
When the snows falls, you'll be ready with these easy, do-it-yourself tips. More information is available at www.duckbrand.com.
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