We have been lucky this winter, with mild temperatures making for a very comfortable season; however, the weather is taking a turn… the frigid Edmonton winter we know and love is upon us. Here are some tried-and-true home maintenance tips to keep your home running smoothly for the coldest winter months!
Manage the moisture in your home.
Keep the air flowing properly at home in the winter by keeping interior doors open, ensuring your vents aren’t blocked and turning your humidifier down. It’s important that your humidifier is turned on, but not too high! Keep your humidity levels at 25% – 35% will help improve airflow and combat moisture by balancing your home’s humidity and condensation.
Keep your exterior vents clean, too!
Just like turning your humidifier down will reduce moister build-up, so too will giving your exterior vents a good clean-up. Clearing out your vents will also help prevent your furnace from shutting down when you need it most. Check out this handy how-to video from our friends at Weiss-Johnson if you’re not sure how to do so!
Open your garage door fully when warming up your vehicle.
It’s very important to make sure your overhead door is open all the way if you are warming up your vehicle in the garage for your safety and to prevent your sensors from freezing over. You should also keep an eye on your Ground-fault Circuit Interrupters (GFI plugs) to make sure your circuits aren’t overwhelmed. Here’s how to reset your GFI plugs!
Review your home insurance policy.
Now is the perfect time to review your home insurance policy to see what type of winter hazards you may or may not be covered for. Direct damage to your property is usually covered without hesitation, but when it comes to snow and ice build-up or freezing pipes, it may be your responsibility as the homeowner to ensure these items are maintained.
When in doubt, call your emergency contacts.
An emergency list of your home’s mechanical service providers can be found in your mechanical room. Should an emergency issue arise during the deep freeze regarding no heat, no water, or no electricity, look for the phone numbers on your furnace, hot water tank, or electrical panel stickers.