As the temperature drops, it’s good to get your home ready before the snow really flies. Here are a few things that you can do to protect your home, and make it more cozy this winter.
Outside of your home:
Clean your gutters before the snow comes. Keeping the gutters and downspouts clear doesn’t take much skill, but it can be dangerous. If you can’t safely do it yourself, hire someone with insurance to do it for you.
If your gutters don’t deposit the water at least 10ft from your foundation, add gutter extensions. If you need help with this, we can help, especially if you want the extensions underground where they are out of the way and out of sight.
By this time of year, most people have already winterized their sprinkler system and evaporative coolers if you have them.
Do you have comfort issues, high heating bills or ice damming? We can usually fix these problems in one day through advanced air sealing and insulation.
Tell us what rooms are cold this winter, and we can analyze your home with our blower-door and thermal camera to pinpoint the cause behind these problems. This will also reduce your heating and cooling issues. Common solutions include air sealing and insulation in the attic, as well as dense-packing walls with blown insulation.
Did you know many homes built in Colorado more than 30 years ago didn’t include insulation in the walls?
If you have ice damming issues, especially on the north side of your home, a large part of the problem often comes from heat escaping your home, and melting the snow on the roof from below. Recessed can lights in that area can contribute further to this problem if you have them.
We can often improve these conditions by adding an LED bulb in the can lights in that area, putting “top hats” over the can light, and air sealing and insulating the whole area properly. This corrects ice-damming much of the time. Sometimes, we need to add better soffit and roof venting as well, to get the roof cold like it should be in the winter. The thermal and air barrier of the home should be at the drywall and insulation on the floor of the attic, and the “roof deck” under the shingles should be cold in the winter, just like the outside air.
For more details on this, we have a wealth of information that explains how this is done on our Insulation and Efficiency pages.
Also, don’t forget to change your furnace filter every couple months during heating season, and cooling season if you use an AC. Have them serviced every couple years for optimum performance.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well. It’s not exciting, but it is insurance, and it is nice to know that they are working properly, should you ever need them.