Winter Maintenance to Keep Your Home Warm

The full brunt of winter is here. If you have not taken the time to perform regular maintenance, you may be feeling it right now. Without yearly care for your home, drafts and inadequate insulation can make your teeth chatter and send your energy builds sky high.

This aspect becomes especially crucial when trying to sell your home. Buyers want to be convinced that their home will be comfortable. If they cannot make it through a viewing without shivering, it will be taken as a bad sign. Here are some ways to keep them warm.

Look for Small Leaks

Your home is protected by a “building envelope” that seals out moisture, wind and other elements. Over the years small fissures can develop as materials settle or become worn. These tiny cracks can add up to big leaks if left unchecked.

To fix them, look around the outside of your house for signs of wear. Pay particular attention to joins in siding at corners or where the foundation meets the exterior walls. Use caulk to seal up any holes you may find. Make sure that the type of caulk you use is graded for outdoor use so it will not crack or shrink when exposed to sunlight or water.

Seal Doors and Windows

Weather stripping is very inexpensive and can make a world of difference when it comes to sealing out drafts. Make sure to use the vinyl rubber kind since the foam-backed style tends to peel off or crumble with age.

Line your doors and windows with the material to ensure a tight seal. If you still notice a draft coming under doorways, consider buying a new threshold and door sweep that can seal out the air for good.

Have Your Furnace Inspected

Furnaces can have all sorts of debris accumulate inside of them during months when they are not in use. You may have experienced this earlier in the season when you first clicked on the heat and smelled a faint odour. This happens when tiny amounts of dust in the vents catch fire.

You will want to make sure that there are no other particles trapped in the furnace unit, in addition to making sure that everything works properly. Call a technician out to have the unit looked at, especially if it has not been inspected in two or more years.

With these tasks out of the way, you can make sure that your home stays toasty and draft free. Visiting buyers will be so cozy that they may never want to leave. For more advice from Niagara Homes on selling your home, take a look at our seller’s page.