It’s Fall Y’all
Fall in Colorado is one of my favorite seasons, with the golden aspen and the amber maple leaves. With the chill in the air, many homeowners begin to prepare for winter. Here are a few helpful things to add to your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist.
- Protect Your Pipes— A burst pipe is every homeowner’s nightmare, but you can reduce the risk by removing your garden hoses and blowing out your sprinkler system, especially if temperatures dip below 20 degrees.
- Maintain HVAC Systems— Ensure your heating system is running properly before the temperatures start to drop. If you haven’t already, call a professional to schedule a routine maintenance check and to change the air filter. This is also a good time to give the AC one final cleaning before shutting it down for the winter.
- Clean the Fireplace and Chimney– A necessary but often neglected chore is fireplace and chimney maintenance. Clean out old ashes and make sure the flue is open before use. If you are concerned about a buildup of creosote, call a local chimney sweep. Santa will appreciate a clean chimney so it will be sure to put you on the Nice list. 😉
- Seal Leaks— Prevent a drafty house by checking your sealed windows. Not only can poorly sealed windows or vents increase your electric bill, but those leaks can also welcome in unwanted insects or rodents. Walk around the perimeter of the home and make sure air vents are in good condition and there are no gaps in the siding.
- Yard Work— Trimming trees in the fall may be tempting, but resist if possible. Pruning can stimulate new growth in most plants and unfortunately that new growth might die at the first freeze. Consider raking your leaves into a pile to jump in as your fall yard maintenance.
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Don’t leave yourself open to unnecessary surprises this winter. Prepare your home now to ensure you enjoy a safe and comfortable winter season.