December 3, 2023
According to Energy Star, the government program launched by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaks around windows can lead to uncomfortable drafts and energy losses.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to put away your tool belt. In fact, there are some critical wintertime home maintenance tasks you should take care of. And if you’re looking to do some updating, the holiday break can be a great time for DIY projects. Here are a few suggestions.

Home Maintenance: Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up

If you haven’t already, call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean your ducts. REALTOR® Zach Kniffen with Michigan Home Sale, Howard Hanna Real Estate Executives says it’s also a good time to change your furnace filter.

“You should change it every three months, maybe more often, depending on the type of filter, how much the furnace is used, and if the home has pets,” he said. “Dirty air filters cause your furnace to work harder due to decreased airflow. The harder your furnace works, the quicker its parts will wear out.”

Home Maintenance: Ensure Proper Airflow

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to close vents in unused rooms. After all, if you’re not using those rooms why should you pay to heat them? It’s a good idea in theory, but many experts caution against doing this and instead suggest you open all vents for proper airflow.