Winter Home Maintenance: 5 Things You’re Forgetting to Do

Winter home maintenance is extremely important in places like Utah where we see a lot of snow and other winter related weather. Even now that winter is in full swing, it’s still a good idea to keep up on your home maintenance. Many homeowners focus on the obvious stuff, such as weather-stripping, but there are a few more significant things you should keep in mind during the wintertime.

5 Winter Home Maintenance Tasks You’re Forgetting About

Below are 5 tasks that are essential to implement during the winter months, but that many homeowners simply forget to do:

Roof Inspection

 

It’s never too late to inspect your roof! The best way to prevent emergency issues such as major leaks or expensive roofing repairs is by being proactive in locating any small issues before they become larger problems.

Keep an eye out for damaged mortar around your home’s chimney, gaps in between flashing where the roof and siding connect, as well as loose or damaged shingles. If you spot any of these issues, call a repair person immediately to fix the damage. Even seemingly small issues on a roof can turn into major problems after a big snowfall.

Exterior Walls

 

Just like your roof, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior walls for any damage and have any issues repaired ASAP. You will want to specifically look around windows, and if you have wood siding, make sure you inspect it thoroughly for any cracks, splits, or decay. Having weak exterior walls during wintertime is a recipe for disaster, but major damage can be prevented if you keep those walls well maintained.

Insulate Your Walls and Attic

 

Right beneath those exterior walls is insulation, and you’ll want to make sure that’s in good shape as well. Properly insulated walls and attic spaces will increase the energy efficiency of your home’s heating system by keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. Furthermore, insulation will also add an extra layer of protection for your roof against inclement weather.

Insulation helps your attic maintain a temperature approximately 10 degrees warmer than the rest of your home. A higher temperature in your attic area helps prevent any standing water on your roof (from melted snow or other precipitation) from re-freezing, which could cause your roof to cave in. Prevent any unwanted damage from occurring by properly insulating your home, and pay particularly close attention to your attic.  

Insulate Your Pipes

 

Insulation isn’t just for walls and attics; you should also insulate your pipes using heating tape. As you are preparing to wrap your pipes with insulation, check your pipes for leaks, and if you spot any, make sure to have them repaired immediately.

HVAC Maintenance

 

This is such a crucial part of winter maintenance but it’s often overlooked beyond turning the heating unit on. When you have your system serviced, an HVAC professional will inspect the unit for any problems—both minor and major—so you can rest assured that your system can keep up with the cold weather. We recommend having your HVAC system checked out at least annually, but ideally twice a year.
If you haven’t had your system serviced for a while, now is a great time! We make it simple to keep up with maintenance by offering scheduled maintenance plans. Give us a call at 801-447-2057 to learn more.

Why It’s Important to Prepare Your Utah Home for Winter

You only have to live in Salt Lake City for one winter to know that the temperatures can get downright freezing. With winter high temperatures averaging in the high 30s and average lows in the 20s, Salt Lake City homeowners need to make sure that they are prepared for the cold winter ahead. Part of this preparation involves getting your home ready to brave the elements. Below, we’ll talk about why it’s important to prepare your Utah home for winter and share some ways that you can start today.

Why You Need to Prepare Your Home for Winter

As the weather starts to get colder and snow becomes inevitable, it is important to prepare your home for the elements. It’s best to start winterizing your home in the fall before it starts to get too cold. Preparing your Salt Lake City home for winter can help prevent damage to your home and help you save energy when it comes to heating. In the end, winter preparation helps you save money by cutting down on energy waste and potential repairs due to home damage.

Winter Home Preparation Tips

Here are just a few steps that you can take to winterize your home to keep your family safe and comfortable through the coldest months of the year:

  • Make sure doors and windows are sealed. Little cracks around doors and windows allow heat to escape during the winter months. When this happens, your heater has to work harder to keep your home a comfortable temperature. Ultimately, this heat loss results in wasted energy and increasing electricity bills. By applying a little caulk to cracks around doors and windows, you can help prevent this heat loss and heat your home more efficiently.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and dangerous gas that can cause health issues if found in your home. Heating season is a common time for carbon monoxide leaks, which can impact your family’s health. Similarly, the holiday season is also a time when families are at higher risk for heating hazards. Making sure that your detectors are working properly can keep your family safe this winter.
  • Change furnace filters and get a tune-up. Most HVAC companies recommend getting an HVAC tune-up at least once a year. Fall is the perfect time to make sure that your heater or furnace is ready to keep your home warm in the cold months ahead. During the tune-up, an experienced HVAC technician will check your furnace for efficiency and make sure that the system is clean and functioning properly.
  • Clean chimneys. You should have a professional clean your chimney every year or every other year, depending on how often you use it. You can inspect the chimney yourself to determine if there are any blockages. However, a professional will ensure that there is no internal damage.

Need help getting your HVAC system ready for winter? The professionals at HVAC construction are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a furnace tune-up.