As we are about at the mid-point of winter, it is time to take inventory around your home of the various systems to ensure that everything is still working properly. As winter progresses and certain areas of your home have to work harder, there could be more wear and tear than you realize. Taking care of these items now will make for a more pleasant transition to the warm, spring months.
Check the Airflow
The snow and ice that has accumulated over the last month could cause problems with the airflow in your home. Check the exhaust and air flow intakes for snow or ice accumulation. The presence of these obstructions could interfere with proper airflow throughout your home and resist the functioning of the exhaust in pertinent rooms, such as the bathroom. A quick walk around your home could save you the headache of mold and mildew in the spring.
Change the Air Filters
Many people forget to change their air filters on a monthly basis. Now is a great time to check yours and possibly change it. This is a simple maintenance task that only takes a few minutes but can save several areas of your home, not to mention the health of your family. A clogged or dirty air filter sends debris filled air into your rooms, making it unhealthy and inefficient.
Check Thermostats and Room Temperatures
If you have various areas of your home that seem colder than others, check that you have working batteries in your programmable thermostat first. Then check to see how many doors in your home are closed. This can restrict the airflow, making some rooms feel colder than others. If these areas are not a problem, start checking for leaks or drafts in the windows. Oftentimes in the winter, caulk can begin to deteriorate, causing leaks in the window and rooms to feel much colder.
The occasional walk around your home with a careful inspection of windows, doors, gutters and important systems such as furnaces, vents and exhaust can help to prevent serious issues occurring with your home. If you start now, your repairs in the spring can be greatly minimized.