Winter weather is upon is here in Colorado and that means that it is time to take steps to prepare our homes. Taking the time for additional preparations now can save you time and money when severe winter weather kicks in.
Many houses, including newer, more energy efficient homes, have gaps in insulation. To check for gaps, feel around the walls and windows for drafts. If you find an air leak, add insulation, caulk any cracks or cover windows with plastic sheeting. This will keep your home warmer and reduce energy costs.
In addition to insulating your walls and windows, you should also check to make sure pipes are well-insulated. This can be accomplished with pipe insulation or newspapers and plastic. You can also run your water at a slow trickle to keep pipes from freezing. It’s also a good idea to learn how to shut off your water valves in case your pipes freeze. For more information on this, go to http://goo.gl/8O9Kk.
In addition to insulation, you should check your gutters and roof to make sure that they are clear and able to handle the weight of the winter snow. Remove any leaves or branches that that could clog gutters or fall on your house during a storm.
Make your home a safe and warm place this winter. A few simple steps will make your winter season easier and less expensive. For more information on dealing with winter weather, go to goo.gl/sn8nBa.