First the rains came. Then the floods. Now it is time to turn our attention to getting ready for winter to visit us in Colorado. We have already had our first freeze, but it was just a gentle reminder to get going on preparing our homes for the months to come. Is your home ready?

Below we have listed five important areas to winterize to ensuring your safety and warmth all winter long!

1. Prevent Plumbing From Freezing: Outdoor plumbing is at risk of freezing if not properly drained and insulated.

  • Blow out sprinklers
  • Drain & insulate all outdoor plumbing fixtures
  • Drain & clean evaporative coolers so no water is left in the system

2. Service Seasonal Equipment: If you have equipment you only use seasonally then it is time to get it ready for storage or to be used.

  • Chimneys should be cleaned and  inspected
  • Furnaces or boilers should be cleaned and inspected
  • Change your air filter in the furnace. Changing the air filter will improve both function and indoor air quality
  • Drain gas from your lawn mower and other lawn tools
  • Get the snow blower ready by adding gasoline

3. Insulate: Adding insulation is one of the best thing you can do to your home to increase your comfort and decrease your energy bills. But there are other things you can do too.

  • Identify leaky areas [windows, doors, etc.]
  • Windows: If you have storm windows now is the time to put them up. If not, you can cover windows with the plastic film to reduce drafts and head transfer.
  • Doors: Roll up a towel or rag that is the width of the door. Tape the roll to keep it in shape. Place the roll at the bottom of all leaky doors to reduce drafts and heat transfer.

4. Check All Detectors: These can save your life!

  • Test all smoke detectors to make sure they are functioning properly
  • Make sure you have at least one carbon-monoxide detector and test it.

5. Clean Gutters: Clogged gutters can cause ice dams and then water can move, freeze, and seep into the house.

  • After the leaves fall simply remove them from all gutters
  • Check for any misaligned pipes and gutters that do not move water away from the house

If you have any additional ideas you would like to share with 8z Rentals readers please comment here! We would love to hear from you!

Posted by: 8zrentals on October 9, 2013