With the first snow of the season upon us here in the Colorado Front Range, it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for more severe winter weather to come! As it warms up this weekend and the snow we received melts off, consider checking your home to ensure the following winterization tasks have been completed in time for old man winter.
- Clean your furnace and replace the filter. Before you crank up the heat this winter, be sure to have your furnace cleaned! Buildup within your furnace system not only makes it work less efficiently, but it also presents a fire hazard. Also be sure to replace your filter at the start of the season, and regularly replace it as needed. A dirty filter means a less efficient furnace, which means higher heating bills!
- Double check that all gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. This ensures that no moisture will be trapped near your home’s foundation and walls during the winter months, protecting your house from mold, mildew and water damage.
- Ensure your fireplace is in working order. If you have a fireplace in your home, be sure to check the flue before lighting it this season. It’s very important that it is clear of soot and debris, as a dirty flue greatly increases your risk of a fire. Also be sure that all of your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functional and have fresh batteries.
- Make sure any cracks and leaks to the outside are sealed. Save money on your heating bill by making sure to caulk any leaks and cracks that warmth can escape through.
- Check the exterior of your home and your yard. Make sure that your chimney vents are secure and that no animal intruders can get in. Clean any yard and patio furniture, as well as any hoses and sprinklers, and prepare them for storage.
Set yourself and your home up for success this season and make sure to prepare for the cold! Winter is coming.