Tips and Advice for Winter Home Maintenance

Posted by Melinda on 12/31/2013
The winter can bring harsh weather and freezing temperatures so you need to make sure that your home can withstand this.  There are some things you will do before the winter starts that will aid in improving and maintaining your home.  None of these take very long and they are things that should be done to every home before the frigid temperatures hit.
 
Make Sure Your Heating System is in Working Order
You will need to keep your home warm and comfortable for you and your family so you want to make sure that your heating system is ready to go to work.  You can have a technician stop by and do a really good inspection and cleaning on your heating system.  This will ensure that it is ready to work and that things like carbon monoxide are not leaking.  These are inexpensive inspections and since they are only done once a year, it can fit into your home maintenance budget.  You also want to replace your furnace filters about every 30 days.
 
Check Your Insulation
A well-insulated home uses less energy to keep it warm and comfortable.  Check your attic to make sure that your insulation is in good shape because it does break down over time.  You can easily put up new sheets of insulation in areas that are lacking so that your home holds heat better.
 
Inspect Your Foundation
Snow accumulates and it will melt so if there are any issues with your foundation, this can lead to water getting into your home and causing damage.  You want to walk the perimeter of your home and look for cracks and other issues that could lead to water seeping in.  Use a sealant to repair the issues so that your home is water tight for winter.