Though the parade of Pumpkin flavored things have arrived at your local grocery store, Fall is still 20 days away, thank goodness. I for one, am in no way prepared to start thinking of winter that cold time between fall and spring, but I have been thinking about what things should happen in your home to get ready for fall to make it easier to transition into the cold Colorado nights that are sure to come sooner rather than later( If anyone had a way to superficially hold off the snow until after I move into my new place sometime in the second-third week of October, that would be great...). I hope these help you start to think about your home's cold weather needs, and starts getting you excited for the next season. Salut!
Calk Drafty Areas
The nights are definitely starting to get that crisp feeling, and I think one of the best ways to help be more energy efficient and save money is to do a check of your windows and doors and fill in any holes or cracks with calk or spray foam (for anything larger than a half inch or so). This will keep your AC in your house during the summer and heat inside for the winter, not to mention keep general draftiness to a minimum.
Get an Inspection of your Water Pipes
This is definitely something to do before the first snow or hard freeze, because it'll cost you thousands of dollars if you have a pipe freeze and burst, leaks should be fixed as soon as possible, and water valves or spigots should get a thorough cleansing to make sure there's no corrosion or build up. This video can show you what you're looking for and how to fix common problems. IF there's a leak or something more complicated, definitely call a plumber: there are 3 things in my world that require experts, anything having to do with water, anything having to do with electricity, and anything having to do with gas lines.
Tune Up Your Heating System
This will ultimately help you save money! Call a local technician to do a quick inspection and tune up. You can also get a programmable thermometer so you can set it to a lower temperature during the day or when you're not home.
Clean and Extend the Gutters
This may have to wait until the leaves get closer to falling, but clean out your gutters so snow melt and water doesn't clog up in there, potentially damaging your siding, roof, and actual gutters. It's also a good idea to add 3-4 feet of gutter to the end so that any melt will be diverted away from the foundation of your home.
Drain Your Water Heater
Your water heater can develop sediment and gunk in the bottom, resulting in less water heated at a time, gunk in the water that can get into your pipes and sinks & tubs, and maybe even destroy the thing. This video can show you how to do it easily and quickly, but if you're not comfortable doing it yourself you can always call a technician to do it for you
Author:Bonnie Cavoto Event Coordinator Phone: 720-277-6830 Dated: September 2nd 2016 Views: 1,174 About Bonnie: Bonnie hails from Denver, Colorado. She went to school in Pittsburgh for 3 years, majoring in event ...
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