The weather is changing, and as much as you are resisting putting your sandals away, colder temperatures are coming. With colder weather comes winter sports, comfort foods, and more sweaters, but you can’t forget about the responsibilities of caring for your home. Here are some home maintenance tips on how to winterize a house.
How to Winterize a House
Taking care of your home in time for winter will save you a few headaches down the road. Lucky for you, Prairie Crossing and our building partners have prepared for cold weather home maintenance, making it easier to winterize your home. Even so, here are some things you can do before the temperatures drop.
Clean the Gutters
It’s a good idea to clean your gutters in the autumn months. By cleaning your roof and awnings of dead leaves, sticks, and other debris, water will have a clear path to the gutters, and the rain chain, which all Prairie Crossing builds will have.
Prairie Crossing homes will each have architectural asphalt roof shingles, color-matched gutters and downspouts, and rain chains running off the gutters to help with falling water.
Check Windows and Doors for Drafts
Drafts that make their way through cracks in doors and windows are not only uncomfortable but can also add to your energy bill when your heater has to work harder. By checking your windows and doors for any cracks, you will prepare your home to keep its heat in and the cold out.
Prairie Crossing homes will feature Milgard windows, which have a lifetime warranty. These award-winning windows are energy efficient and will be best at protecting your home from all kinds of weather. Our homes will also be individually Earth Advantage-certified which means they will have blown-in blanket insulation and will have gone through and passed the blower door test.
Check the Water Heater/Furnace
Checking your water heater and furnace to ensure they are working correctly in the fall will save you from checking on them when it’s too late and very cold.
Luckily, Prairie Crossing homes will have tankless water heaters with recirculating pumps that are 96% energy efficient. They will take up less space than traditional water heaters and will avoid standby heat losses when water sits in pipes.
A good rule of thumb before winter is to check the flue on your fireplace before you use it. Getting it cleaned will save you a sooty mess in the middle of the winter.
Prairie Crossing homes will each feature a natural gas furnace that will help save energy, and you can avoid wood, smoke, and ashes.
Winterize the Yard
There are a few things you need to do to the yard before the winter. First, you need to make sure the water sources are turned off and blown out to avoid pipes from bursting. Second, it’s a good idea to remove all leaves and debris to deter mold. Mow your grass and remove or cover patio furniture to discourage any critters from taking shelter and to protect their finish.
Prairie Crossing homes will each have a fully-fenced, low-maintenance yard with a built-in sprinkler system. Our yards are created with xeriscaping in mind, so there isn’t grass to mow or leaves to rake!
You don’t have to dread the colder months as long as you are prepared and know how to winterize a house. When you live in a Prairie Crossing home, all you have to look forward to is skiing at the mountain, steaming cups of hot chocolate, and the holidays!