Home ownership rates have been growing steadily over the last few years, recently reaching their highest since 2013. Because for many Americans a home is their biggest investment, the need to maintain it properly throughout the seasons is paramount. Many of a home’s maintenance requirements change with the seasons and depend especially on the climate. That said, throughout the year there are a number of jobs that need to be taken care of, both inside and outside of the house.
Inside the home
Homes with air conditioning and central heating systems, a system referred to as HVAC, require special attention to the air ducts and filters. Inspecting them monthly to see whether the filters need to be changed will help maintain air quality in the home. Small families and homes without pets may not need to change the filters on a monthly basis, but it doesn’t hurt to check. For homes with complex central air conditioning, paying a professional to inspect the system in preparation for summer can save a lot of money and hassle in the long run.
Hot water is in high demand throughout the year, but winter is naturally where this demand is at its highest. For those using steam heat, draining the boiler to remove sediment can help prevent damage. Having a plumber perform an annual checkup will allow you to identify and remedy any potential problems. The high usage of boilers throughout the year makes them susceptible to damage, but there are a number of telltale signs that yours may not be working properly. An inconsistent hot water supply, poor water pressure, water discoloration or odour are all indications that your boiler’s health may be failing and needs a checkup.
Outside the home
Damage to the exterior of the home is inevitable as the seasons take their toll. Doing an annual or biannual inspection of your home can help identify where the weather may be causing problems, saving you a lot of money and stress in the long run. Power washing the exterior to clear away grit and moss can prevent damage to the paint.
Gutters are perhaps the most important part of outdoor home maintenance, especially during autumn and winter. Leaves are likely to clog them, causing the roof to leak or water to seep into the house if not cleared. During winter months, ice dams may also form in gutters, potentially damaging them. Clearing your gutters every few months and checking the roof tiles in the process will prevent serious damage to your home.
While it can be difficult, home maintenance is essential to the health of both your investment and your family. Small jobs that can be done in an afternoon might save tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. This is especially true when it comes to gutters and boilers, where regular inspection and maintenance can make a huge difference.