If you’re a homeowner, you know that every improvement you make on your property raises the value of your investment, meaning more money for you when it’s time to sell. Even if you plan on living there for the rest of your life, having a house that’s well-maintained means better quality of life. Maintaining your place in the winter is just as important as caring for it the rest of the year. Here are some vital winter tasks.
Protect Your Roof From Snow Damage
If you live in an area that tends to get a lot of snow every winter, invest in a deflection alarm system design that will let you know when the snow pile on your roof reaches dangerous levels. All that build-up gets heavy and might damage your roof or even cause a collapse, putting you and your loved ones at risk. With an alarm system, you’ll know when it’s time to clear off that excess snow. Pick a day when it’s not too windy and then have someone help hold the ladder while you remove the snow with a snow rake.
Clean the Eaves
By keeping your eaves clean, water won’t build up on your roof and then turn into ice when the temperatures get cold. When water gets trapped, the wood on your roof can rot, inviting leaks and termites that will do further damage to your home.
Make sure you clean your eaves at least once a month until the trees have stopped shedding to protect your roof.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat connects to your internet service and will automatically maintain the temperature you choose. With a smart thermostat, you can keep your home cooler during the day when you’re at work, and then it will gradually warm in time for your return home.
Inspect Your Home for Leaks
Not only do you not want leaks coming from your roof, but you also don’t want the cold air to blow in, taxing your furnace and increasing heating costs. Check for air leaks by placing your hand near windows and doors. If you feel air coming through a shut window, line the glass with cellophane and then heat it with a hairdryer to make the cellophane shrink in place.
Buy foam strips to place around the entrances of your home, to keep cold air from leaking through cracks around your doors.