Blog Article

Friday, 10 February 2023

By Leahs Mortgages

Winter Home Maintenance: A Guide to Ongoing Care

Winter weather can be tough on your home, and proper maintenance is essential to protect it from damage and ensure a comfortable living environment. Here’s a list of internal and external tasks to keep in mind for winter home maintenance.

Internal Tasks

Keep interior doors open during deep cold spells (below 15 degrees for more than 24 hours) to encourage heat circulation.
Replace your HVAC air filter every three months to improve indoor air quality and ensure efficient heating.
Check windows and doors for drafts to keep cold air out and warm air in.

External Tasks

Maintain your snow removal equipment and make sure it’s in good working order.

Use sand or gravel on walkways for added traction, as salt or ice-melt can be harmful to the environment and only work within a narrow temperature range.

In heavy snow years, check your roof’s weight capacity and consider using a roof rake to remove large snow loads.

Keep driveways and walkways cleared of snow between storms to ensure safe access.

Prevent large snowdrifts from piling up against your home, which can cause structural damage.

Continuously monitor your roof for any signs of ice dams or damage. An abundance of icicles hanging from your roof line can indicate a poorly insulated attic and a potential ice dam threat.

By following these winter home maintenance tips, you can protect your home from damage, reduce energy costs, and keep your living environment warm and comfortable throughout the winter months.