Preparing for cold weather in Canada

November 16, 2012 | Debby

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It Cold Thermometer's that time of year again when temperatures drop and everyone starts dressing warmly. There are many different things to prepare for if you are new to Canada.

Most of these things can be inexpensive if you know how to do them and where to look. Tips and advice can be found in newspapers, magazines, and even online resources.

  Toronto in Winter                      [Photo Credit: City News Toronto]

When it comes to winterizing your home, there are many D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) ideas that the newspaper Metro, has provided in their November 15th publication. From changing the furnace filter, to having fluorescent lightbulbs, to caulking your windows, to having additional insulation, these are all tips that can be used throughout the home to help save money and cut costs. Click on the following image to read more.


How to cut costs and winterize your home by Toronto Metro

There are also many other simple ways that can help cut costs in the winter. More tips are available on MSN Real Estate's 10 Ways to winterize your home - now, including:

  1. Cleaning the leaves and debris that accumulate in your home's gutters so that snow and rain can drain. Otherwise, the water can freeze and seep into the house, creating water damage.
  2. Wrapping your pipes with pre-moled foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, which can help save you from dealing with a burst pipe caused by the winter cold.
  3. Reversing the direction of your ceiling fan from it's summer operation, which can help push warm air downward and force it to recirculate, helping to keep the house more comfortable.

Last winter, we also started a Welcome to Winter series to provide and prepare those new to Canada, with advice and suggestions on the changing temperatures.

Click on the following links to view more advice and suggestions:

Welcome to Winter! Part 1: How to Fight the Winter Blues
Learn about winter sports, festivals in Toronto, and where you can go in the winter!

Welcome to Winter! Part 2: How to be Winter Safe
Learn how winter can affect driving, your home, and your health!

Welcome to Winter! Part 3: Dressing for Winter
Learn about investing in coats and boots as well as dressing in layers!


Cold and bundled up
[Photo Credit: Metro News]

Winter is not as bad as it may seem. This beautiful season may be cold, but it has many positive factors as well! You can learn all about Winter in our children's story books that young and old can enjoy.

  Snow Day by Lynn Plourde Snow Day by Patricia Lakin Winter by Moira Butterfield Winter by Mary Pat Finnegan Snow Day by Werner Zimmermann


Now, what about you? What do you like about winter and how do you prepare?