Follow these good maintenance practices and inspect your new home on a regular basis to avoid problems.
Air Filters: Clean or replace air filters in HRV, furnace, hoodfan (do monthly or as needed). Air Vents: Ensure indoor air vents (HRV, forced air furnace supplies, and returns) are clean and not blocked by dust, furnishings, drapes, etc. Humidifier: Turn off and clean humidifier and close humidifier damper, if you have a humidifier. Dehumidifier: A properly sized dehumidifier is essential. Install it in the basement to remove excess moisture. Ideally, relative humidity levels should be kept below 50%. Thermostat: Switch it to summer mode. Set the fan to ‘on’ mode for better air circulation throughout the house. If you have an air conditioner, set temperature to 23°C or warmer to save on energy. Air Conditioner: Avoid excessive temperature changes when programming your thermostat for summer. Unlike a furnace, air conditions may require several hours to reach the desired temperature. Air conditioners also work to keep relative humidity levels under control. Window Coverings: Keeping blinds and curtains closed during daytime will help to keep the house cooler. Doors: Whenever possible, leave bedroom doors open to allow for better air circulation. HRV: HRV’s draw outside air into the house. On humid summer days, this is not desirable. The HRV control box is adjacent to the thermostat, where it can be switched off. Hardwood Flooring: Natural wood products absorb excess moisture from the air. A high moisture content will damage your hardwood floor, leading to cupping, cracking, squeaks, and gaps. Summer is a critical time of year to closely monitor your indoor relative humidity with a suitable hygrometer. Windows: Avoid opening windows on hot humid days. Excessive moisture may damage your hardwood floor and other wood
Attic Vents: Ensure roof louvers, vents and soffits are not blocked. Ventilation is a critical factor in roof durability – air must be able to move through the attic. Check for damaged areas, nests, trees or vines blocking openings, etc. Wall Vents: Ensure outdoor air vents (exhausts, intakes, dryer, HRV, furnace, hot water, hood fan) are not blocked by debris, vegetation, nests, etc. Meters: Ensure gas and hydro meters are not blocked by debris, vegetation, etc. Window Wells: Remove debris, leaves, and garden hoses from window wells to allow for proper drainage. Grading: Check for ground settling at foundation. You may need to build up with topsoil and sod to ensure rainwater flows away from your foundation wall in all areas. Decks & Interlock: Check exterior steps and interlock paths. Readjust, if settled or unstable. Grass: Apply lawn fertilizer and water regularly for a better looking yard with less weeds. Caulking: Check for cracked or loose exterior caulking and repair as needed. Electric Plug Outlets: GFCI plugs may trip. A reset button on one outside plug will reset all outside plugs. Air Conditioner: Ensure that the AC is not blocked by debris, vegetation, nests, etc. Windows: Clean windows, screens and hardware. Ensure windows operate smoothly.properly ventilated. Concrete Floors: Avoid concrete erosion due to salt and deicing.