Needless to say, the weather we experience during the month of January can be difficult on any home. If your home is located in Simcoe County, January can be even more difficult on your home. There are several January home maintenance tips that can come in handy. Not only are they practical, these can end up adding 10%-12% to the value of your home over time. In fact, research suggests that regular maintenance can add approximately 1% value to your home per year. Maintenance done in January can be very important indeed.
Here are a few suggestions:
Take the time to vacuum all of your heating vents. This can help to improve efficiency and provide cleaner air flow throughout your home. Be sure to check for any leaks in forced air heat ducts and seal if needed (duct tape will do the trick). While you’re at it, check for any indoor condensation around windows and seal as needed. Additionally, look for any drafts around electrical outlets and install foam gaskets if needed.
This is the perfect time of year to do a quick check of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Be sure to stick to your bi-annual battery replacements during Daylight Savings Time changes but a quick test in January can be very beneficial.
Now is a good time to replace filters (or wash permanent ones) in your HVAC system and humidifier. Filters should be changed at least every 3 months but doing this every month during peak season is highly recommended.
Do a quick check to ensure you have enough fuel on hand for snow removal machines and any generators you may have. A long, cold morning can be a lot longer if you discover your snow blower is out of gas at 6:30am.
Something people often overlook is the need to review warranties as well as product owners’ manuals in order to check into regularly required maintenance for things such as furnace, equipment, appliances and tools.
January can be hard on your home. Take the time to go over these January home maintenance tips and you’ll be better equipped to deal with anything that could go wrong along the way.