FAQ WARRANTY SERVICE PROCEDURE HOME WARRANTY COVERAGE SPRING MAINTENANCE SUMMER MAINTENANCE FALL MAINTENANCE WINTER MAINTENANCE SERVICE REQUEST
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FAQ WARRANTY SERVICE PROCEDURE HOME WARRANTY COVERAGE SPRING MAINTENANCE SUMMER MAINTENANCE FALL MAINTENANCE WINTER MAINTENANCE SERVICE REQUEST Reference PDF

WINTER MAINTENANCE

Follow these good maintenance practices and inspect your new home on a regular basis to avoid problems.

INSIDE

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 & returns) are clean and not blocked by dust, furnishings, drapes, etc. Air supply vents in the basement should be open. Humidifier: Turn on and clean humidifier and open humidifier damper, if you have a humidifier. Adjust settings to provide a RH of 30% or higher. Doors: Whenever possible, leave bedroom doors open to allow for better air circulation. Fireplace: If required, turn on pilot light for gas fireplace and clean glazing, if dirty. Follow instructions in fireplace manual. Furnace: Refer to furnace manual and carry out any required furnace maintenance. Run furnace fan throughout the year to provide ventilation for house. Hardwood Flooring: Winter is a critical time of year to closely monitor your indoor relative humidity with a suitable hygrometer. If the air is too dry, your floor will release it's moisture. A low moisture content will damage your hardwood floor, leading to gapping, cracking, and squeaks. HRV: HRV's draw outside air into the house. On cold, dry days, this is not desirable. The HRV control box is adjacent to the thermostat, where it can be switched off. Humidifier: If the air becomes too dry, turn on your humidifier, if you have a humidifier. Window Coverings: Keeping blinds and curtains open whenever possible exposes the glass to warm inside air, minimizing condensation.

OUTSIDE

Attic Vents: Ensure roof louvers, vents and soffits are not blocked with snow. Ventilation is a critical factor in roof durability - air must be able to move through the attic. 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. Shingles and Roofing: Remove excessive accumulations of snow and ice from the roof to avoid ice damming. Snow covered roof vents will not keep the attic properly ventilated. Concrete Floors: Avoid concrete erosion due to salt and deicing products that drip from vehicles and footwear.

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