By following simple fall maintenance tips, you can save energy and stay warm this winter.

In every episode of 10 Grand in Your Hand host John DeSilvia shows homeowners how to cut up to $10,000 from their renovation and remodelling budgets by offering advice on new technologies and how-to information for doing it yourself.



Windows


Check for drafts by holding a lit candle near the seams of a closed window.

If the flame bends, there’s a draft.

Check the exterior caulk for gaps and cracks that may need repair.

 

Remove all of the old caulking with caulk softener.

Polyurethane caulk works best for small and large gaps.

After thoroughly cleaning the surface, use the new caulk and run a wet finger overtop for a smooth finish.

After drying for 12-15 hours, your windows are ready for winter.



Fireplace


Wood-burning fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected before winter falls.

This will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Attic

Make sure the insulation in your attic is installed properly.

The vapour barrier should be facing down toward the living space, otherwise it will trap moisture.

Cut small holes along the vapour barrier to allow the moisture to escape.

Furnace

Always clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system.

Have your gas heater or furnace inspected and serviced to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.



Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors


Every fall, check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarm and install fresh batteries.

A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odourless byproduct of burning oil or natural gas — the detector will sound if these levels get too high.

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