The Winter of the Great Divide

November 24, 2020

Emma

Are you ready for winter?  Okay, but we mean, really ready.  Experts are saying that this upcoming winter is going to be an unusual one, calling it the ‘winter of the great divide.’[1]  Apparently out west, provinces can expect a consistently frigid, white, and wild winter, while to the east, Canadians should hold back on having any expectations at all – in fact, temperature and precipitation changes will vary drastically week to week.  For this reason, we wanted to give you a list of things you should check out to make sure that your house is prepared for all that this winter might throw at you.

The heat is escaping, seal those cracks!

Are you ready for winter?  Okay, but we mean, really ready.  Experts are saying that this upcoming winter is going to be an unusual one, calling it the ‘winter of the great divide.’[1]  Apparently out west, provinces can expect a consistently frigid, white, and wild winter, while to the east, Canadians should hold back on having any expectations at all – in fact, temperature and precipitation changes will vary drastically week to week.  For this reason, we wanted to give you a list of things you should check out to make sure that your house is prepared for all that this winter might throw at you.

Throw another log on the fire, and properly insulate your house

Poor insulation is another major reason for heat loss during the winter. Warm air can escape through your roof and walls, and sometimes even floors if your insulation isn’t performing to the best of its abilities. For optimal results, insulation should completely and evenly fill up the spaces. We recommend you get your insulation inspected to check if any spaces need filling.  We’re all going to be spending a lot more time indoors this winter, so, wouldn’t it be nice if we could stay warm?

Filter for warmth

The air filters for your HVAC system and furnace are intricately linked. It may seem silly, but regularly replacing both air conditioning and furnace filters in your home is important in maintaining clean airflow. With the pandemic moving at full force, ensuring your home has filtered air will reduce the risk of spreading colds or getting allergy-like symptoms, which can be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19.  According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the filters for HVAC systems need to be changed often at an average of about every 90 days.  However, if you live with someone who has allergies or smokes, or if you have a pet, you should be replacing your filters as often as once a month!

One more cut before the freeze

Yup, prepping your yard for the winter is important.  Mowing the lawn before the earliest freeze prevents the grass from growing too tall before the snowfall which is often where mice and other burrowing animals build their warm hideouts. This is also a great tip for those of you that noticed your lawns weren’t in the best shape this past summer, cutting that grass down nice and short at the end of the fall season is one of the best ways to ensure you have healthy grass the following year.

‘Tis the season to let someone else put up your Holiday Lights

For those of you who aren’t the handiest around the house, but still like to decorate for the holidays, hire a handyperson to come help you set up your holiday lights.  Just gather up your extension cords, swing by your local home improvement store for new lights and leave the rest up to the experts.  Or, maybe you’re feeling a little more festive this year and want something more elaborate.  If this sounds like you, we recommend checking out Celebright’s Permanent Holiday Lighting.  Connected to an app on your phone, Celebright allows you to customize everything about your holiday lighting.  The best part is, when the lights are turned off, they completely blend into your house, so leave them up year-round and flicker on red and white lights for Canada Day!

He shoots, he scores with a personal ice rink

One of the most common things we’ve heard parents say throughout the pandemic is that they’re having trouble keeping their kids entertained in ways that don’t involve screens.  The winter is already a tricky season because it’s cold and wet, but an easy and hassle-free way to manage both of these problems is by finding activities your kids can do in your yard.  Building an ice rink is a great example.  Not only will your kids develop a new skill, but you also don’t need to do any traveling for a fun winter activity.

We hope this was able to spark some inspiration for the upcoming season, and if you go ahead with making any changes over the winter, start your project on bidmii.  We’re committed to making sure you find the right contractor to get the job done, while also staying in your budget. Let’s conquer this winter with everything we’ve got and welcome 2021 with open arms!