Winter in Edmonton can be challenging, with its biting cold and heavy snowfall. However, there are several strategies that homeowners can implement to protect their dwellings from the harsh elements.

Here are six ways to shield your home from the severe Edmonton winter:

1. Insulate to Regulate

One of the most effective ways to keep your home warm is by ensuring it is well-insulated. This means checking your attic, walls, and floors for adequate insulation. Weather-stripping around doors and windows can also prevent cold drafts.

Did you know? 

Brookfield homes in Edgemont are equipped with energy efficient features like triple pane windows and R40 attic insulation with an air-tight seal to prevent heat loss. Learn more.

2. Heating System Health Check

As the winter sets in, have your heating system checked and serviced by a professional. Replacing filters, checking for leaks, and ensuring your furnace is in top condition can save you from the cold and reduce heating costs.

3. Embrace the Sunshine

Even in winter, Edmonton enjoys many sunny days. Use this to your advantage by opening curtains and blinds during the day to allow natural light and warmth into your home, and then close them at night to keep the heat in.

4. Guard Against Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause significant damage to your roof and gutters. To prevent them, ensure your attic is well ventilated and that the roof is properly insulated to avoid heat loss that causes snow to melt and refreeze at the edges.

Did you know?

Brookfield homes in Edgemont use a sealed building envelope to keep mould-causing moisture out of your walls and ceilings. Learn more.

5. Clear Snow Regularly

Allowing snow to accumulate can lead to ice buildup and additional strain on your roof and walkways. Regularly shovelling snow away from your home’s foundation and clearing your roof can prevent these issues.

6. Prepare for Emergencies

Lastly, Edmonton winters can be unpredictable. Keep an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a first-aid kit. Additionally, consider investing in a backup power source in case of outages.

Implementing these steps can help ensure that your home remains a warm and safe haven during the frosty months in Edmonton. Remember, winter-proofing your home not only increases comfort but can also lead to savings on energy bills and prevent costly repairs.​