Colorado Springs Homeowners: Now is the Time to Winterize Your Home!


Winterize my home in October? Really? Yes!

In Colorado Springs, the earliest recorded freeze was on September 1, 1911; the latest recorded freeze was on October 31, 1963. On average, the first freeze of the season in Colorado Springs is October 1—meaning we are already behind!   

If you are a new homeowner in Colorado Springs and this is your first winter, here are some tips for winterizing your home this season:

1. Have Your Furnace Inspected

You can inspect the furnace yourself (see our tips from last year for a DIY tune-up) or have it professionally inspected for around $100. Either way, show your furnace some love if you want to stay warm this winter.

2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Ever wonder why your ceiling fans can spin in both directions? Run your blades in the clockwise direction once the heater is on to push down hot air from the ceiling (hot air rises). This will save you money on your energy bill and keep your home nice and toasty.

3. Clean Your Chimney

If you live in an older home especially, you will want to have your chimney swept. If you are inexperienced with cleaning it out on your own, we recommend calling in a local expert. This will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from seeping into your home—both important things.

4. Turn Off and Insulate Exterior Water Faucets

We cannot emphasize this point enough as bursting pipes are an incredibly common occurrence during the Colorado Springs winter months. And if your pipes are older, this is even more important. Disconnect, drain, and stow all hoses, then use gravity to drain your pipes. Many homes that are 10+ years or older do not have frost-proof faucets so turn off the exterior water valve inside your home. When in doubt, ask a local expert or experienced neighbor for help—this will ensure you avoid a very wet and expensive catastrophe.

You can read last year’s post for even more tips on winterizing your home. Just remember, it is never too early to begin preparing for Colorado Springs’ first snow and freeze!