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October 17, 2020

3 Easy Winter Maintenance Musts to Keep your Home in Tip-Top Shape

Everyone knows that Winter weather can cause all sorts of issues for a home. Lucky for you, Arbor has 3 easy solutions that will keep your home, and your wallet, in great shape while you wait for Spring to come! 

1. Seal all your leaky doors and windows.

This one will take you less than an hour to accomplish. First, check your doors and see if there are gaps anywhere along the edge that would allow cold air in. If there is, you can replace the weatherstripping along the sides and add a door sweep to the exterior to seal it back up. Weatherstripping can also help with leaky windows, or you can try shrink and seal windows, a clear film you use a hair dryer to apply! Not only will these remedies help keep your home warmer, but will save you money on your heating bill since less air will be escaping! 

 

2. Reverse your ceiling fan direction!

Ceiling fans are another simple solution that will keep your house warmer and your wallet fuller! By setting your ceiling fans to run clockwise, you help push heated air back down towards the floor. This keeps the heat from escaping through your attic or crawl space, and will allow you home to stay nice and toasty! Most ceiling fans have a switch that will change the blade direction, and if you can’t find one contact your manufacturer for more information. 

 

3. Clean your gutters! 

Okay, so this one might not be the easiest task to accomplish. But whether you do it yourself or hire someone else, this is definitely a must do for any home this time of year! As snow and ice begin to melt off your roof, the water runs into your gutters just like rain. If your gutters are full of leaves and other debris from the Fall they will not drain properly causing the water to find other ways off your roof, such as seeping through your ceiling. It may be more work in the short term, but in the long run your walls and your wallet will thank you! 

 

These are just 3 of the many ways you can keep your house in great shape this winter. For more information, check out our home buyer guide for a full list of maintenance musts you should be doing throughout the year!