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As a homeowner, tackling everything that comes with each new season can feel overwhelming, especially when the winter chill has already crept into the air. Check off the most important tasks on your to-do list to ensure the safety of both the inside and outside of your home. Comfort and safety go hand in hand.
Make sure that you provide clear access to your equipment after a snow or ice storm.
Even though you can’t see it, the air you breathe can affect your health and safety. That is why choosing the right air filter for your furnace will ensure that the warm air you breathe this winter will be free of particles such as pollen, dust and animal hair. The best types of filters are:
Pleated filters are extremely effective and will only set you back around $10. They can cover a large area but must be cleaned frequently to keep your air quality under control and your home clean.
At only around $10 to $40 apiece, electrostatic filters trap and hold onto harmful particles like a magnet! They are highly effective and come in washable versions that can be reused.
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter) filter
HEPA filters are the Cadillac of air filters! They are worth their higher price tag, as they effectively attract and filter out various types of harmful particles to thoroughly clean the air in your home.
Operational smoke detectors are mandatory for home and condo owners in many provinces throughout Canada. Installing a functioning smoke detector in your home will give you and your family peace of mind. It is important to regularly check that your smoke detector is in good working condition and that the batteries are new or have recently been changed.
Other helpful tips:
Since carbon monoxide (CO) is colourless and odourless, it is important that your detector is working at all times to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning—a serious risk to the health of you and your family. Just as you would with your smoke detector, make sure that the batteries in your CO detector are functional and that the device is in good working condition.
It is also important that your CO detector work in the event of a power outage. Does your detector use electricity? If so, you may want to consider installing a second carbon monoxide detector that can function independently, without needing to use electricity.
Having more than one CO detector installed in your home is your best bet! If space allows, install one detector near your furnace and one in another part of your home.
Not sure how much oil or propane you go through during the winter? Keeping tabs on how much oil or propane you use will make it a lot easier to manage your overall consumption.
Factors that may influence your consumption:
If you are on Automatic Delivery, let us know if your consumption changes!