Check the insulation

A man inserts insulation into a window frameiStockThe insulation and weather stripping that helps your home retain heat all winter will also keep it comfortably cool during the hottest days of summer. With that in mind, check for mould in the caulking around windows and repair any damaged weather stripping. Have you inspected your attic insulation recently? Fibreglass batts or loose foam insulation should be at least 25 cm thick. Fill in any gaps around joists or fixtures.

 

Check for storm damage

A broken gutter hangs below a tile roofiStockNow is the time to inspect your property for moisture and physical damage inflicted by winter weather in and around your home. Wind and fallen branches can dislodge gutters, drain pipes and roofing shingles. Make sure your basement floors and foundations are completely dry, especially around windows and doors. If you’re unsure, call a professional home inspector.

 

Heating shut off

A woman adjusts the thermostat in her homeiStockOnce the weather warms up in late April or May, remove and replace the old filter on your furnace. (Depending on your type of heating system, you may want to completely shut it off.) Turn the thermostats for baseboard heaters down to the minimum or off setting.

BC Hydro offers rebates of up to $5,500 on insulation. Visit bchydro.com/homerebates