The holiday season is upon us and we want to help make sure it’s a happy, healthy and safe one for you and your family in your new home.
Here are three tips that will help you maintain and protect your home throughout this festive season and all winter long.
Excess humidity in your home – you’ll know it when you see it as condensation on your windows – can lead to potentially more serious problems such musty smells, allergic reactions and mould.
1. Avoid excessive moisture build-up
Oh, the cold weather outside may be frightful, but a little fresh air is delightful. Since your home can’t do it alone, let it breathe. Let it breathe! Today’s new homes are built to efficiently seal out the cold outdoor air. That means you need to ensure you’re properly ventilating your home to maintain proper humidity levels. So, when you’re cooking that big holiday dinner for all those invited guests keep in mind that people, pets, plants, cooking, cleaning, bathing or showering all add to the moisture in a home. The more you have of one or all, the greater the moisture-content overall. So, be sure to crack open a window now and again to let some of that warm humid air escape.
Canada Mortgage and Housing identifies the optimal humidity range in a house to be between 30 to 50 percent. In the winter months, lower humidity levels may affect your health and cause wood products and finishings to shrink. Excess humidity in your home – you’ll know it when you see it as condensation on your windows – can lead to potentially more serious problems such musty smells, allergic reactions and mould. Excessive moisture from high humidity can damage window sills, various interior finishes and stain ceilings or walls.
2. Keep your home trim and tidy
A neat, well-maintained home isn’t simply a great way to impress your guests. It’ll also help keep your new home damage free. When trimming your home for the holidays, be sure to place lights and candles safely away from anything that may catch fire, keep extra wires tidy and dry, and if you have a live tree in your home, be sure to keep it well hydrated.
Regular maintenance around your home is also a must – for example keep vents clear and free from obstructions like rugs or furniture, clean exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, fix any leaking pipes or connections and clean up any spills. Remember: proper maintenance also helps to ensure your warranty rights are protected. Your warranty doesn’t cover damage caused by poor maintenance.
Use only outdoor-rated equipment from lights, bulbs and extension cords, and be sure to regularly check that outlets are safe from outdoor elements.
3. Remember your home’s exterior
When the temperatures dip, getting outside may be one of the last things you’ll want to do. Yet, doing so may help to keep your new home in good condition for the long term. Throughout the winter months, make sure your air intakes, exhausts and meters are clear of snow and ice.
And if you’re decorating the exterior of your new home with festive lights and decorations, do so with care. Use only outdoor-rated equipment from lights, bulbs and extension cords, and be sure to regularly check that outlets are safe from outdoor elements.
There is much fun to be had this holiday and winter season. In between all the shopping, skating and laughing, take some time to address any maintenance issues around your home. If you discover a problem that is covered by your warranty, don’t delay and contact your builder before they close for the holidays.
From all of us here at Tarion, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season! We look forward to serving you in 2016.