Locking your doors and setting the alarm is just the beginning when it comes to ensuring your home is safe and sound when you go away during the winter months. If you’re leaving on a holiday over the winter months, make sure you have peace of mind before you go by ensuring you do the following things:
1. Make it look like you’re home. Have a neighbour or a friend bring in your mail or newspaper, lock your windows, and set your lights on timers so that it appears as if you are home to deter burglars.
2. Close your fireplace dampers. If you have a wood-burning fireplace or wood stove, make sure that you close your dampers. These are flaps that must remain open while the fire is burning to let smoke out through the chimney, but they can allow the cold and critters to enter your home if left open for long periods of time.
3. Reduce your furnace temperature. Never turn your furnace off while you’re away in the winter, otherwise your pipes could freeze and burst. You can however, turn your furnace down to about 15 degrees ( C ) to make sure you conserve energy while you’re away.
4. Pour water in your floor drain. Your basement floor has a water trap in the drain that is kept full when you’re using the plumping in your home. If you’re not home, this water can evaporate and allow sewer gases into your home.
Do you have any tips for securing your home in the winter time? Let us know!
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