November 6, 2023

Essential Winter Home Maintenance

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Winter is coming, make sure your home is prepared for colder temperatures and weather! Even if your local landscape isn’t affected by snowstorms, seasonal upkeep and maintenance are essential to ensure your home is at its best, both inside and out.

Windows and Doors

Most windows naturally develop air gaps over time through everyday use. Unfortunately, poorly insulated windows can cause as much as 40% energy loss and can force your furnace to work harder to warm your space. Caulking window gaps is one of the easiest ways to solve this problem but installing weatherstripping around edges is also an efficient alternative.

Additionally, drafty front doors are especially noticeable on blustery, cold days. Seasonally sealing pet doors and installing storm doors both effectively block wind and keep cozy, insulated air inside.

Roofs and Gutters

Rooftops can take intense hits during big storms. Much like your windows, a damaged roof can lead to energy loss or water damage to your attic or top-floor rooms. Experts recommend having your roof inspected for missing shingles and tiles before the major cold settles in. If your roof is flat, be sure it’s clear of debris.

While you’re having your roof examined, it’s a good idea to clear your gutters as well. Leaf debris can cause a buildup of water and snow, which can lead to ice dams or damage against your siding and roof.

Pipes and Faucets

Nobody wants frozen pipes or freezing water in the winter. Be sure your outside faucets are disconnected from your house and drained of any remaining water. Insulating your pipes also helps to keep them from freezing and helps your home’s hot water system work efficiently, which ultimately saves you money. Flushing your hot water heater for sediment will ensure you get hot water where you need it during chilly months.


Using a fireplace or wood burning stove can lead to a build up of soot and creosote. Creosote is a toxic byproduct from burning that builds on chimney walls and could cause a fire. A professional can help you clean and sweep out your chimney safely to ensure minimum build up and maximum heat distribution.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help with air circulation year-round. When winter hits, flip your fan’s switch to reverse the blades direction. Hot air always rises and when the fan is moving in a clockwise direction, the updraft allows the warm air to be pushed into your space. This is especially useful in rooms with high ceilings or those with poor insulation.

Here For You, No Matter the Season

A person clearing the back of their porch of snow.

Just like you review your finances every quarter, seasonal maintenance is an essential aspect of homeownership that ensures your home looks and operates at its best. If you’re overwhelmed with your home maintenance needs, it may be a sign that it’s time to downsize or renovate. When you’re ready to learn more, contact us! We’re here to assist your home financing needs, no matter the weather.

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