While the day temperatures in Northern Colorado are staying pleasant, the continually dropping night temperatures are a tell-tale sign that winter is on its way. We’ve had at least one snow by now, so it’s more important than ever to consider how winter-ready your home is. There are a few things you can do to protect your house and your family from the impending cold, so start writing out your check list! With these tips, you can make sure you’re ready when the next big snow comes.
Give Your Furnace Some Love.
After the hot summer, the furnace may seem to be a distant memory. But just like anything else, furnaces need cleaning. A mere millimeter of sediment and dust build-up causes the system to work less efficiently and can make your heating bill rise by 5-10 percent. Give it a simple cleaning and replace the air filter, or call your local HVAC company to do a thorough, furnace tune up.
Do Not Forget About the Pipes!
Coming home to a flooded house in the dead of winter is an absolutely nightmare. With a little simple preparation, frozen pipes can be easily prevented. Start by draining water from the water sprinkler supply lines. Make sure all outdoor hoses are removed, drained and stored. Then, close the inside valves that supply the outdoor hose and open the outside hose bibs. This allows expanding water to drain without making the pipe break. Lastly, insulate both the cold and hot water pipes that are in unheated areas. You can find pipe insulation at your local hardware store.
Make Sure Those Air Ducts are Clear.
Winter means that we keep our windows shut. And this means that we are breathing whatever comes through those air ducts. Since they are out of sight, this means it is often out of mind! Getting your air ducts cleaned means you won’t breathe in allergens, dust mites, bacteria and more. Having them properly sealed and insulated also ensures you won’t lose that precious, warm air to the outdoors.
Get Those Gutters Cleared Before the Snow Comes!
If you don’t clean your gutters, dead leaves and debris can clog the necessary pathway for the melting snow to drain. This can either cause water to seep into your home or the gutters to break. You can read more about it in our recent blog about gutter cleaning.
Are gutter cleaning services the last thing on your winter prep check-off list? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We use environmentally friendly techniques to clear out your gutters and downspouts.