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Even if your landscape isn’t affected by snowstorms, there are still plenty of things to do in winter! Incorporating these tasks into your seasonal maintenance and upkeep ensure your home is at its best, both inside and out.
Most windows naturally develop air gaps over time through everyday use. Unfortunately, poorly insulated windows can cause as much as 40% energy loss and can force your furnace to work harder to warm your space. Caulking window gaps is one of the easiest ways to solve this problem but installing weatherstripping around edges is also an efficient alternative.
Additionally, drafty front doors are especially noticeable on blustery, cold days. Sealing pet doors seasonally and installing storm doors effectively block wind and keep cozy, insulated air inside.
Rooftops can take intense hits during large winter storms. Experts recommend having your roof inspected for missing shingles and tiles before the major cold settles in. If your roof is flat, be sure it’s clear of debris. Repairing existing leaks prevents smaller problems from growing larger. Much like your windows, a damaged roof can lead to energy loss or water damage to your attic or top-floor rooms.
While you’re having your roof examined, it’s a good idea to clear your gutters as well. Leaf debris can cause a buildup of water and snow, which can lead to ice dams or damage against your siding and roof.
Nobody wants frozen pipes or freezing water in the winter. Be sure your outside faucets are disconnected from your house and drained of any remaining water. Insulating your pipes also helps to keep them from freezing and helps your home’s hot water system work efficiently, which ultimately saves you money. Flushing your hot water heater for sediment will ensure you get hot water where you need it during chilly months.
Using a fireplace or wood burning stove can lead to a build up of soot and creosote. Creosote is a toxic byproduct from burning that builds on chimney walls and could cause a fire. A professional can help you clean and sweep out your chimney safely to ensure minimum build up and maximum heat distribution.
Ceiling fans can help with air circulation year-round. When winter hits, flip your fan’s switch to reverse the blades direction. Hot air always rises and when the fan is moving in a clockwise direction, the updraft allows the warm air to be pushed into your space. This is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings or those with poor insulation.
Maintenance is an important aspect of homeownership to ensure your home looks and is operating at its best. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the amount of home maintenance, it may be a signal that it’s time to downsize or renovate. When you’re ready to learn more, contact us! We’re here to assist in your home financing needs no matter the season or weather.
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