Preparing Your Home For Winter: Indoor Maintenance
Homeowners are always looking for ways to ensure the money they put into their home is protected, and that they get the most out of it as they possibly can. A great way to do this is by keeping up with regular home maintenance. As fall ends and winter makes its grand entrance, it is time to pay attention to your indoor maintenance to ensure you make it through the season without having to do any major (preventable) repairs. With freezing temperatures already making for bitterly cold nights, there is no better time to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. While we are all guilty of sometimes neglecting important home maintenance tasks, it is important to try to stay on top of it to protect our own investment. By tacking this simple home maintenance checklist, you can have a worry-free winter, and more time and money to spend on fun activities or other pending home improvements.
Inspecting your furnace should be on your yearly to-do list for indoor home maintenance. By having annual inspections, you can ensure that your home is being heated efficiently and that there are no surprise issues that could end up costing you a pretty penny right before the holiday season.
Windows and Doors
It can be so frustrating to get a sky-high heating bill in the winter season, and still feel a draft by the window or under the door. Luckily, window caulking is easy to do, and cost-efficient, which should make it your first defence against cold winter air leaking into the home. Buy some window caulking at your local hardware store and seal up any gaps where cold air is getting through. This will not only help keep you warm throughout our freezing Ottawa winters, but it will also save you money on your month-to-month billing.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
If you have a reverse switch on your ceilings, you can utilize this to help push the warmer air downward. This is a great way to keep your home heated throughout the winter, especially if you have high ceilings. Because hot air rises, the reverse motion creates an updraft and forces the hot air downward, keeping you cozy all winter long.
Check Batteries and Replace Faulty Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
While most people check their detectors on the daylight savings schedule, it is vital to work this into your indoor maintenance routine as well. Make sure each detector is working well, and placed on each floor to ensure you and your family’s safety.
Check Your Pipes
Pipes running through the basement or attic are at risk of bursting in the cold winter months, which can end up costing a homeowner a good chunk of money. Fortunately, with some attention this is preventable. Insulate your pipes in the garage, attic, and basement to avoid any costly future repairs, and keep your home safe from any water damage that could incur as a result of pipes leaking or bursting in the winter months.