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Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Home

As the weather turns colder, it's important to make sure that it only stays cold outside your home. There are plenty of ways to keep your home winter-proof.

1. Plug Your Indoor Gaps
First, you should check doors and windows with a smoke pencil to see if there are any drafts. If you find them, they can be filled with caulking or spray foam.

2. Don't Go Overboard With Your Thermostat
You don't need to crank your thermostat up to 30 degrees on especially cold days. You should keep it at the lowest temperature that you're comfortable at, which averages at 20 degrees for most people.Older individuals may find 22 degrees more comfortable. On those cold days, when you plan on leaving your home, program your thermostat to start sooner than you'd normally want it to start so your home can be at your desired temperature when you arrive. 

3. Upgrade Your Doors and Windows
If you have single-pane windows, you should consider upgrading to double- or triple-pane windows. Another good upgrade is to install a new storm door with full glass. Finally, low-emissivity glass, which includes an invisible metallic coating that reflects heat and reduces UV rays, is also a good investment. Hunter Pro, window and door company in Toronto, can help you discuss your options.

4. Use Draft Excluders Under Your Doors
You can buy these cheap at your local home centre, or you can make them yourself using things like old towels or blankets. Either way, these can keep cold blasts of air out of your home on those blustery winter days.

5. Close Your Curtains
Keep your curtains closed at night in order to keep heat from escaping. If it's a sunny day, then keep the curtains open since sunlight can warm your home.

If you are in need of any window or door replacement, Hunter Pro window and door company in Toronto can be of help. Contact us today to speak to a specialist about new windows and doors for your home. 

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