Winter Tips for Your Home
When buying a new home, many prospective owners often don’t take home maintenance into account. With new homes, construction typically includes features that will keep your home in good condition; however, maintenance can be difficult when faced with winter weather.
A custom-built home is a significant investment, so you’ll want to protect its warranty at all costs. And while new homes may be built with current winters in mind, there are still steps owners of both new and older homes should be taking. Following these steps will help keep you and your family warm this winter, as well as cut down on your energy bills.
Fix Any Drafts
One of the easiest ways for your home to lose heat during the winter is drafts. New custom-built homes should have fresh caulking around the door and window frames, but as your home gets older, it will also become necessary to check for cracks, holes, and splits; if you notice any, fill them immediately.
Clear Your Eavestroughs
If you have a new home, you will only have to clean leaves and debris so water can flow freely during the spring thaw. However, as your home gets older, you will also need to check your eavestroughs for damage, making repairs when necessary. One of the easiest ways to spot if you have not cleaned your eavestroughs properly is to look for places where icicles are hanging from. Called “ice dams,” these are remedied quite easily.
Regularly Inspect Your Roof
When it comes to a new home’s construction, only the best materials should be used for roofing. But even with those materials, as your home gets older, you should begin inspecting the roof regularly, especially before winter arrives. Hire a roofing inspector to make sure that shingles, flashing, and chimney caps are in place and sealed properly; regular inspections can catch any issues before they become serious.
Get Your Furnace Inspected
Custom-built homes typically come with state-of-the-art appliances, including furnaces. However, as it gets older, having your furnace inspected regularly becomes more important; this is another task you should leave up to the professionals. Outside of professional assistance, you should replace the filter every year.
Clean Your Fireplace and Chimney
If your newly constructed home has a fireplace, you’ll doubtlessly enjoy the added heat it provides. But over time, carbon-based material will start to build up in your chimney, increasing the risk of a house fire. It is recommended that you have your chimney cleaned regularly.
Prevent Indoor Floods
When buying a new home, one of your top questions should be whether or not the pipes are insulated; if there are any exposed pipes, make sure they are. And if you’re planning to go away during the winter, even if it’s only for a weekend, make sure to maintain the heating level in your home.
There are other steps you can take to winterize your newly constructed home, including making sure that all exterior water supplies are shut off and drained. And if your home has a sump pump, you should also inspect the discharge line and float to make sure that everything is operating smoothly.
As a safety precaution, since your home is going to turn into a sealed environment for the next few months, you should also make sure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in good working order. Also, to protect your air conditioning unit against the cold, ice, and snow, cover it up.
New homes often include landscaping features, so you may choose to invest in outdoor furniture. If so, you should make sure that your landscape features are winterized and your outdoor furniture is placed in storage once the temperature starts to drop.
As the leading provider of custom-built homes in Southern Ontario, Bremont Homes’ newly constructed homes are made with only the best materials that will stand up to the elements. With regular winter maintenance, your custom Bremont home will last for years!