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The view outside your window might be all fall leaves and crisp autumn scenes at the moment, but we know winter is coming. This is the time to plan and prepare your home for the colder months before it gets too frigid to be outside.

Tackle a few jobs inside and in the yard to prevent potential damage from snow and ice buildup and you’ll get to spring with a smile. Drain and turn off your outdoor faucets and hoses, clear your gutters of leaves and debris and service your heating to make sure you are ready for whatever winter throws at you.

Here are our top picks for smart buys that help protect your home from the effects of another Canadian winter.

Furnace care and heating

Filtrete MPR 1000 Pleat Air Filter ($33.95, originally $39.95; amazon.ca)

Filtrete MPR 1000 Pleat Air Filter
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Filtrete MPR 1000 Pleat Air Filter

Consider having your furnace serviced before winter hits to ensure you have heat no matter how severe a possible snowstorm. This is the time to replace your furnace filters, as they should be changed every six to 12 months. Filtrete filters reduce airborne allergens, including dust mites, lint, mould spores and pollen.

Holikme Dryer Vent Cleaner Kit (starting at $18.99; amazon.ca)

Holikme Dryer Vent Cleaner Kit
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Holikme Dryer Vent Cleaner Kit

While you’re fixing up the furnace, take a moment to clean out the lint tray and the exhaust port of your dryer to prevent fires and improve performance. This easy-to-use gadget can also clean the outside of your furnace and get around tight spots to remove dust.

UV-Can 360° Sanitizer and Air Purifier ($229; amazon.ca)

UV-Can 360° Sanitizer and Air Purifier
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UV-Can 360° Sanitizer and Air Purifier

Keep the air in your home clean and safe all year long with this quiet air purifier that features true HEPA filtration. It has three speed variations and works silently, making it a great choice for the bedroom.

Gaiatop Space Heater ($53.99; amazon.ca)

Gaiatop Space Heater
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Gaiatop Space Heater

Keep your home cozy and warm with this compact space heater that still delivers on style. The cute retro vibe will enhance any room, and it warms up in seconds to provide additional heat wherever you need it. Pet- and kid-proof, if it’s knocked over, it will automatically cut off the power.

Heat Storm Wi-Fi Infrared Smart Heater ($136.11; amazon.ca)

Heat Storm Wi-Fi Infrared Smart Heater
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Heat Storm Wi-Fi Infrared Smart Heater

This heater is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to operate it straight from your phone whenever you’re feeling a bit chilly. As it’s wall-mounted, it saves floor space, especially in smaller homes or apartments, and the child lock helps to keep little ones safe.

Windows and doors

Torrami Brush Weather Stripping Adhesive ($14.32; amazon.ca)

Torrami Brush Weather Stripping Adhesive
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Torrami Brush Weather Stripping Adhesive

A lot of heat is lost through windows and doors, which in winter can quickly add dollars to your heating bill. Thankfully, this economical solution prevents cold air from getting in and warm air from getting out. Simply cut a strip to the desired length and apply to your window or door.

LBZE Energy-Efficient Door Under Seal (starting at $18.99; amazon.ca)

LBZE Energy Efficient Door Under Seal
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LBZE Energy-Efficient Door Under Seal

Stop drafts with this silicone door seal, which can be installed in minutes with a simple peel-and-stick process. Available in either brown or black to coordinate with your door, it’s able to seal a gap of up to 1 inch.

3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit ($23.03; amazon.ca)

3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit
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3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit

This window film is the clearest available, so it won’t block your view whilst offering energy-saving benefits during all four seasons. It also helps reduce frost buildup and condensation. The box contains enough material to cover five 3-by-5-foot indoor windows with a quick and easy installation process.

Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy-Efficient Super-Large Dog Door ($220.65; amazon.ca)

Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy Efficient Super Large Dog Door
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Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy-Efficient Super-Large Dog Door

Allow your pet to come and go without worrying about letting the heat escape on cold winter days with this energy-efficient dog door. The large size means pets up to 120 pounds can use the door without bothering their owner to let them out. The double vinyl flap creates an air pocket, offering maximum insulation.

Heated comfort products

Pure Enrichment WeightedWarmth Extra-Wide Weighted Heating Pad ($163.85; amazon.ca)

Pure Enrichment WeightedWarmth Extra-Wide Weighted Heating Pad
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Pure Enrichment WeightedWarmth Extra-Wide Weighted Heating Pad

Keep your bed toasty and warm this winter with a heated pad. As this option is weighted, it also feels great on achy muscles or joints and offers six different heat settings. The soft microplush fabric feels great against the skin, and it comes with a controller and storage bag.

Magic Bag Spa Large Size Heatable Slippers ($22.39, originally $24.99; amazon.ca)

Magic Bag Spa Large Size Heatable Slippers
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Magic Bag Spa Large Size Heatable Slippers

You know Canadian brand Magic Bag for its warming pads. Its spa collection includes a range of other products to make you feel pampered and cozy, especially on cold winter nights. Slip your feet into these heatable slippers, featuring essential oils, and just relax.

Avonflow Heated Towel Warmer (starting at $179.99; amazon.ca)

Avonflow Heated Towel Warmer
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Avonflow Heated Towel Warmer

Forget about that cold shuffle from the shower to the bedroom; instead, pre-warm your towels and bathrobe with this wall-mounted heater. The sleek design will look great in your bathroom, and it comes with a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Homcom Adjustable Heated Ergonomic Massage Office Chair ($259.99; amazon.ca)

Homcom Adjustable Heated Ergonomic Massage Office Chair
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Homcom Adjustable Heated Ergonomic Massage Office Chair

If you work from home, take your home office into a new league with this incredibly relaxing, heated office chair. Featuring six different vibration points, you can give yourself a massage during the workday with just the touch of a button.

Brondell LumaWarm Heated Night Light Elongated Toilet Seat ($179.95, originally $225; amazon.ca)

Brondell LumaWarm Heated Nightlight Elongated Toilet Seat
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Brondell LumaWarm Heated Night Light Elongated Toilet Seat

Treat your bum to a warm touch this winter with this heated toilet seat from Brondell. It also has a night light to make middle-of-the-night visits safer. Simply set your perfect temperature from four different options for added comfort, while the soft closure lid prevents accidental and noisy slams.

Winter storm supplies

Golabs Portable Power Station ($249.99; amazon.ca)

Golabs Portable Power Station
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Golabs Portable Power Station

Winter storms need not ruin your entire weekend if you’re prepared with a portable generator. You’ll be able to power up to six devices at a time to keep you connected until power is restored.

C Inverter Portable Power Station ($355.99, originally $389.99; amazon.ca)

C Inverter Portable Power Station
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C Inverter Portable Power Station

This power station acts as an emergency light and has the ability to power up your cell phone 24 times. It can also be used for laptops, medical devices, lights and more and can charge nine devices simultaneously.

First Alert 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm ($37.48, originally $47.48; amazon.ca)

First Alert 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm
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First Alert 10-Year Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Stay safe this winter with this battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. No installation is needed; you can move this mobile unit to different rooms or wall mount if you prefer.

In Case of 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit (starting at $199.95; amazon.ca)

In Case Of 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit
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In Case of 72-Hour Emergency Survival Kit

Hope that you won’t need it, but keep this emergency kit handy for snow storms or power cuts this winter. Made in Calgary, it includes enough food and water for 72 hours of survival. With a shelf life of five years, it can stay in your basement and keep you confident in your winter preparations.

Phixton Tactical LED Flashlight ($26.99; amazon.ca)

Phixton Tactical LED Flashlight
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Phixton Tactical LED Flashlight

This rechargeable flashlight is waterproof and shockproof. The SOS mode lasts for six hours and features a zoomable stream of light and a floodlight for near distance.

SHBC Compact First Aid Kit ($49.99; amazon.ca)

SHBC Compact First Aid Kit
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SHBC Compact First Aid Kit

Everyone should have several first aid kits in their home and one in their car, but winter is a great time to restock and buy new kits to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality.

Containing 228 items, this kit has everything to cover injuries from minor cuts, scrapes and burns to more serious emergency situations.