COLD WEATHER HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS

As we dip into some extreme cold temperatures this week, it can be hard on your house! Here are some tips to help you ride through this cold snap and avoid any issues! 

Furnace and Exterior Vents: 

High efficiency furnaces, water heaters, and on demand units vent through PVC pipes to the exterior of your home. These pipes are full of humidity and should be checked and cleared by using a shovel to knock away ice build ups. If the ice blocks the pipes your high efficiency systems will shut off! 

Condensation:

Ensure that you turn down your humidistats to around 10% – 15% relative humidity at the maximum. Roll up your blinds a few inches and be sure wipe any excess condensation to avoid cracking and paint peeling on your window frames. Ensure that you use bathroom exhaust fans and run them at least 15 mins after a shower or bath. Kitchen exhaust fans should also be used while cooking to help remove excess humidity from cooking or boiling water. 

Protect Your Floors: 

All that snow, ice, and melting can wreak havoc on your entryway floors. Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. Last thing you want is that melting snow, salt, and ice warping baseboards and sub floors.