Money-saving tips to weatherproof your home

Every year, Canadians spend hundreds of dollars on air conditioning to keep their homes cool throughout the summer months. Between routine maintenance and monthly usage fees, these costs can add up faster than you think.

Weather proofing your home shouldn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Save money with these budget-friendly tips to stay cool this summer.

Inspect the gaps: If you have older doors and windows that need some extra TLC, redo the caulking or install weather stripping to block any drafts to reduce cooling costs.

Dress up your windows: Upgrade your windows with blackout curtains or install plastic window film to get some extra shade on those sunny summer days.

Swap out your air filter: Before turning on your central air conditioning unit, be sure to replace your air filter. Clogged air filters can cause your HVAC system to fail. Replacing them every couple of months creates proper air flow and ensures your AC unit is working when you need it.

Have your gutters cleaned: Cleaning your gutters may not be glamorous but not checking them could potentially wreak havoc on your home. Clogged gutters, caused by old leaves and other debris, can prevent rainwater from flowing properly which can cause long-term damage. Consult a maintenance professional in your area to make sure your gutters are as good as new this season.

Inspect your roof and exterior walls: Summer is the best time to replace any shingles on your roof that are broken or loose to avoid water leaks. Have a maintenance professional inspect all walls for developing cracks that need to be sealed to keep water out and avoid major damage. To ensure you have the best water protection, be sure to consult an insurance provider such as Belairdirect to find coverage that suits your needs.

This summer, try out these budget-friendly tips so you don’t have to choose between protecting your home and spending money on the things you love. Find more ways to protect your home at belairdirect.com

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