7 Steps to Winterizing Your Colorado Home
There’s a nip in the air, what I like to call football weather. The first real freeze is just around the corner, so this is the right time to winterize your home. A little effort and a few dollars now can protect your home and save you money on utility bills this winter. Here are 7 steps to winterizing your Colorado home.
(1) Spruce up the landscaping—rake leaves and remove debris from the yard that could blow around during the winter. Trim trees that touch the roof or exterior, so they don’t drip water or scrape your home when the winds blow.
(2) Clear gutters clogged with debris that can lead to roof damage. The debris can get wet and freeze, preventing water from draining.
(3) Check water lines and hoses. Make sure that water hoses are drained and disconnected from the home. Blow water out of sprinkler lines that could break and cause leaks. (see notice for All County tenants at end of blog)
(4) Sealing drafts is key to improving the comfort of your home and reducing your energy bill. Check around windows and doors, and add insulation as needed. Your local hardware store will have products that can be added and removed as needed.
(5) Inspect the fireplace and chimney. Look for any nests or animals that may be hiding there. Remember to close the fire damper when not in use.
(6) Call a local HVAC company to take a look at your furnace. Make sure it’s running safely and efficiently. Change the furnace filter for clean running—it’ll save you money.
(7) Recharge or replace fire extinguishers, and check the batteries in inspect fire and smoke alarms. Add a plug-in carbon monoxide alarm if you don’t have one.
After winterizing your Colorado home, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the kind of winter months Colorado is known for, knowing your home is ready for the cold. If you have any questions about winterizing your rental, call our office at (719) 445-7172. We’re happy to help you at any time of the year!
Notice to All-County tenants:
If your home has a sprinkler system, now is the time to have it winterized. We can not stress enough how important it is you accomplish this task prior to November 1st. The cost of repairing broken lines due to freezing can add up to several hundred if not thousands of dollars.
Please provide us a copy of your receipt (No later than November 1, 2017)
- Drop off in the office Monday – Friday between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM
- Email to: Contact@allcountycs.com with a subject line: Sprinkler Receipt (your address)
- Fax: 719-445-6252
- US Mail to All County Colorado Springs, 5030 Edison Avenue Suite 150. Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Note: After November 1st, if All County has not received notification of Winterization, we will send a vendor to the property to complete this very important task at the Tenant’s expense.