7 Essential Winterization Tips for Homeowners as Colder Weather Approaches
As summer transitions into fall and winter is quickly upon us in Denver and the Front Range, we start to feel the chill in the air and look forward to the beautiful winter season. For some of us, that means taking advantage of the winter activities and for others, it’s staying inside and enjoying the views from the comfort of our homes.
In order to keep our homes warm and cozy for the season, it is important to remember to winterize for the season. By completing a few simple tasks, you can not only save money but keep your home in great condition for years to come.
Here are the 7 essentials to winterizing your home for the season:
1. Have Your Sprinklers Blown Out
Make sure that this is done before the first frost as water in the system can damage a sprinkler system. Water left in sprinkler lines freezes and can crack and burst, potentially ruining the entire system.
When winterizing a sprinkler system, first, the water source is turned off then a professional will use an industrial air compressor to blow out your system and ensure all of the water is eliminated.
Please note that it is important to hire a professional to do this as they will know the proper psi as to not damage your sprinklers.
2. Winterize Your Swamp Cooler and A/C Unit
Just like your sprinkler system, standing water in your swamp cooler or evaporative cooler can freeze or rust, potentially causing irreparable damage. To keep your cooler running efficiently next year, it is vital to take steps to protect it from the impending cold weather. You can winterize your swamp cooler yourself in a few easy steps or let us help you find a professional.
Protecting your air conditioning unit from the elements is also important as the ice and snow come rolling in. The steps to take for winterization are going to depend on the type of unit you have and the manufacturer’s recommendation. It is always a good idea to consult a professional before performing work on HVAC systems.
3. Winterize Your Outdoor Living Spaces
You have put a lot of work into your outdoor living spaces; make sure they stay beautiful by packing in non-durable items for the winter. Store or cover your grill, fire pit, umbrella, outdoor furniture, and cushions. This will ensure that they don’t collect moisture and rust or mildew so that they are ready to use for spring.
4. Check on Your Weatherstripping
A great thing to do any time of year is checking on the weatherstripping on doors, windows, and garage doors. Sealing air leaks in an old or drafty home can save more than 20% on heating and cooling bills.
Around windows, check for gaps and cracks. These can be filled in with caulk purchased at any hardware store. According to the Department of Energy, around doors and garage doors, it is best to choose weatherstripping that can withstand “friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear.”Weatherstripping materials can be found at your local hardware store or we can help you find a trusted professional to install it for you.
5. Clean Your Gutters After the Leaves Drop
After the trees are bare your gutters are sure to be full of debris, preventing them from doing their job properly. Uncleaned gutters can cause a number of problems including roof leaks, soffit damage, structural decay, and water damage to exterior walls. Directing water away from your home is a vital part of maintenance.
It is a good idea to hire a professional to clean your gutters at least once annually so that they can detect any other problems with your gutter system. When cleaning your own gutter system, be sure to practice ladder safety to prevent accidents.
6. Service Your Radiant Heat or Forced Air System
One of the most common issues in radiant heating is air in the system. In order to avoid this becoming a larger problem, it is important to have your radiators bled at the beginning of each heating season.
Servicing your forced air system early in the season can also save money and inconvenience. Having a professional look over the furnace and system, tune it up, and diagnose any potential issues will ensure that you stay warm and cozy throughout the winter.
7. Disconnect Hoses and Close Outside Water Faucet Valves
Ice and hoses just don’t mix. Before the first frost disconnect your outside hoses and store them for the winter. Find the valves for all outside water sources and shut them off to avoid any potential issues. This goes for hoses, sinks, sprinklers, etc.
After completing these steps to protect your home from the cold, it is time to enjoy our beautiful fall and winter season. Don’t forget, when the snow starts to melt, and spring is on its way, it is time to prepare your home for the warmer weather: How to Prepare Your Home for Spring & Summer with Factor Design Build.
Contact us to learn how we can provide professional assistance with winterizing or updating your home.
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