As the warm days of summer give way to the crisp air and falling leaves of autumn, it’s time for homeowners to prepare their homes for the colder months ahead. With fall upon us in Broomfield Colorado and the metro Denver area, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to ensure your home is ready for the drop in temperature.
A lot of homeowners face difficulties during the winter months because they didn’t prepare their home for the colder weather. There are several tips to follow that will keep you and your family safe from cold weather dangers like frozen pipes or heat outages. In this blog post, we will be sharing 10 essential tips to help you prepare your home in the fall for colder weather.
Follow This Cold Weather Checklist!
Service Your Heating System - Before the cold weather arrives, it’s important to have your heating system serviced by a qualified professional. This should include a thorough inspection, as well as replace the air filter and clear any debris that may have accumulated. This will ensure that your heating system is in good working order and that you won't encounter any problems during the colder months.
Craig Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers seasonal HVAC maintenance plans so that you never have to worry about furnace issues in the middle of the winter!
Check Your Chimney and Roof - If you have a working fireplace, make sure you have it inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. This will ensure that your chimney is safe to use, and it will prevent any potential fire hazards. Inspect your roof to look out for any broken or loose shingles. If you spot any damage, call a roofing company right away to fix it before the cold and wet weather set in.
Prep Your Pipes - Before the first freeze, make sure your exposed pipes are insulated and turn off exterior water sources to prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to know how to shut off your water in case of an emergency.
If you have a burst pipe or other plumbing emergency, our experienced plumbers understand that many of the most urgent problems occur at the most inconvenient times. That’s why we have skilled emergency plumbers available to residents and business owners in Broomfield at all hours of the day to ensure that your safety and comfort never have to be put on hold.
Seal Windows and Doors - Sealing windows and doors is essential to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Check for any gaps or cracks and use a weather-stripping sealant to seal them up.
Check Your Insulation - Poor insulation can result in high energy bills and an uncomfortable living environment. Check your attic, walls, and crawl spaces for any missing or damaged insulation, and replace it as needed.
Clean Your Gutters - Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and ice dams on your roof during the winter months. Make sure you clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent any potential damage.
Service Your Lawn Equipment - Before the snow arrives, make sure your lawn and garden equipment is serviced and stored away for the winter months.
Stock Up on Winter Supplies - Stock up on winter supplies such as rock salt, snow shovels, and ice scrapers. It’s always better to be prepared than caught off guard.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - It's always better to be safe than sorry. Before the cold weather hits, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working correctly.
Prepare an Emergency Kit – Finally, it's always a good idea to have an emergency kit ready in case of an emergency. It should include items such as a flashlight, candles, and non-perishable food.
Are You Ready For Winter?
Preparing your home for the colder months ahead is essential in making sure that you are comfortable and safe during the winter. With the 10 tips, we have shared in this blog post, you can be sure that your home is well prepared for the colder weather. Taking the time to prepare your home now will save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.
Our professionals at Craig Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can help you with many of these preparation tasks. We can perform a complete HVAC inspection, cleaning and preparation, both on your furnace and AC unit for the colder months. Want help inspecting and preparing your pipes? We can do that too! Helping you to be prepared to a cold Colorado winter is what we aim to do. Schedule your winter preparation today!
Remember, it's always better to be prepared than caught off guard.