As we migrate to the mountains to view the changing leaves and start to curate our family’s costumes for Halloween, it is also time to think about preparing your home for winter. As Coloradoans, we know the weather can change quickly and it is important to protect your home, and your yard from the elements and the freezing temperatures that will soon be reality. Preventive measures cost very little and can save you hundreds of dollars on repair costs. Here are a few procedures to keep in mind:
- Check your home for drafty windows and doors. This can save you money on your electric bill by keeping hot air in and cold air out. Weather stripping supplies can be found at your local hardware store.
- Schedule your local HVAC company to clean and service your furnace. This is a great way to make sure you will have uninterrupted heat through the colder months. Replacing your filter will also improve the efficiency off your heating system.
- Have a chimney sweep company clean your chimney and fireplace. Keeping your chimney free of nests and other critters is very important. It is important to get on the books of a chimney sweep company before they get too busy during the cold weather. It is also important to keep the damper closed when not in use. This keeps warm air from escaping through the chimney.
- Make sure to inspect the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and recharge and refill your fire extinguishers. Adding a plug-in CO detector is also a good idea. CO is an odorless and tasteless gas that kills many people every year.
- Remove debris from your gutters, and make sure all your downspouts are clear. Clogged gutters can freeze, cause ice dams, and lots of damage to your home.
- Have your sprinklers blown out and winterized before the first freeze. All hoses should also be drained and disconnected from the spigots. Failure to do so can cause leaks that can be costly to repair.
- Trim your trees and remove debris from your yard. This will help minimize damage caused by winter storms. Make sure the tree limbs are not close to the roof, so they do not drip water or scrape your home.
Winters in Colorado can be unpredictable. Taking a few steps ahead of the cold weather can save you time, money and headaches. We have some wonderful contractors with whom we work. Please feel free to contact us for a referral if you need one.