When the weather starts to cool it’s time to prepare your condominium for winter. Winterizing your home is essential to keeping it in good condition.
Protect Windows and Doors
The main source of temperature loss and external water leaks is cracking or peeling of weather stripping. Check the stripping and seals around your doors. If any are loose, have the condominium manager assess them to determine if they will continue to keep cold air out of your home during the winter.
Adding insulation, or more insulation, to windows protects against cold air entering your home. Window insulation kits are available at local hardware stores. Typically, insulation is a clear plastic cover over your window that creates a barrier to retain heat.
Nobody wants heating to fail when it is cold outside. If your community does not provide annual maintenance of the system, contact a service provider. Change filters to improve air quality and air flow.
Air Conditioning Units
If your suite has air conditioning units in windows or on the balcony, they should be winterized. Use a cover or tarp over each unit to keep snow, ice and moisture out. Portable units should be removed from windows. Ensure windows are properly sealed to protect against cool air.
Outside Water Taps
If your balcony, terrace or outdoor wall has a water spigot, turn it off from inside your unit. Then open the outside tap to drain remaining water from the pipe to prevent residual water from freezing and causing damage.
Consider a Humidifier
If your unit gets overly dry in the winter, a humidifier will improve air quality. This can help combat dry skin and other minor ailments. A proper level of humidity is between 45 and 50 percent.
If you have a ceiling fan, the blade rotation can be reversed in winter allowing warm air to circulate down.
When travelling in the winter, take measures to protect your home from damage.
- Keep your unit’s fan coil and/or heat pump on
- Set your thermostat to provide heat at a reduced temperature
- Have someone check in on your unit for indications of problems every few days
- Ensure all doors and windows are closed and locked
- Unplug all appliances
- Turn off your unit’s water supply unless it is necessary for your heating system