5 ways to winterize your home in Northern Colorado

East Laurel on 11-1-2011

Today's Snow. The inspiration for this post.

It looks like we’ve got another 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground this morning.  Unless you’ve been living in complete isolation, you’re probably well aware that winter is quickly approaching us in Northern Colorado.   Especially after last week’s snowpocalypse that brought down tree limbs across Fort Collins .  All this means is that if you haven’t started to winterize your home, you’d better get started!

Here’s a few important things to do to ensure that your home stays in great shape and to avoid costly repairs down the road.

1. Blow out your sprinkler system – I’m sure if you have a sprinkler system you are probably well aware of this.  However, if you bought a house anytime this summer and have never had a sprinkler system, this may be something you’ve overlooked.  The typical sprinkler blowout will cost between $40 and $60.

2. Clean out your gutters – After the leaves fall off the trees, do a quick check to make sure that your gutters are free of leaves, twigs, and any other debris that would inhibit them from effectively draining the water off your roof.

3. Check for drafts around windows and doors –  When the first real cold snap hits and you need to shut up the house, take a few minutes and run your hand around the edges of your doors and windows.   If you find spots where cold air is coming into your home you might need to install some weather stripping from the hardware store.  A typical place for drafts is the bottom of your exterior doors.  If you have a gap on the floor you’ll either need to install a sweep or threshold that will fill this gap.

4. Clean & inspect your furnace – At the very least install a new furnace filter to ensure that the air in your home is clean.  This is something you should do monthly throughout the winter as well.  If you haven’t looked at your furnace for a while, it’s a good idea to have an HVAC professional come out and give your furnace a tune-up.  This will typically cost around $100.

5. Wrap pipes  – First, turn off the water to your exterior pipes so they don’t freeze when the cold hits.  The last thing you want is a pipe to burst on the coldest day of the year.  Secondly, if you have pipes that are either on the exterior of your home or travel through unheated spaces like crawl spaces, it’s a good idea to wrap them in foam that you can get from the hardware store.

Picture of bike with snow on it in Fort Collins

If you’ve got good recommendations I haven’t considered, please feel free to email them to me.  I’d love to add them to this post if possible.