During the Fall season you should begin preparing your home for Winter before the cold Colorado temperatures sneak up on you. We all know that Colorado can get snowy and cold in early October, so here are a few things to do before the Winter!
- Clean out your gutters. This should be done annually or more often if you have a lot of trees.
- Unplug and drain your garden hose. Don’t forget the sprayer nozzle.
- Get your sprinkler system winterized. I forgot to do this one year and learned the hard way!
- If you have a window air conditioner or evaporative (swamp) cooler, take it down and store it.
- Have your roof flue / vent caps inspected. After all the recent hail storms, we have found many furnace and water heater flue caps broken or smashed.
- Turn your furnace on and run a test cycle on it with a new clean air filter. Don’t wait until the first freeze!
- Get your annual furnace cleaning / tune-up performed. Preventative maintenance is required for most manufacturer’s warranties.
- Have a programmable thermostat installed.
- Replace the batteries on your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke detectors.
- Reverse your ceiling fans.
- Check windows and doors for air leaks. Install weather stripping or caulking to seal leaks.
- Check your chimney & fireplace and have it serviced. If you don’t use the fireplace then shut off the gas and close the damper.
- Stock up! Make sure you have a snow shovel, ice melt, bottled water, batteries, flashlights and canned foods in case of a snow storm.
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