Denver Never Stops Moving….time to winterize your home!

This is a post from last fall that has some really good tips for winterizing your home. It is worth re-posting! 

Summer is fading into a memory now. The longs days of swimming, hiking and riding bikes will be replaced by skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. But before you head out to enjoy the snow, take some time and get your home ready for the cold weather ahead.

Here are some tips from my favorite home repair and DIY guru, Bob Vila

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Windows and Doors

  • Check all the weather-stripping around windows and door frames for leaks to prevent heat loss. Replace weather-stripping, if necessary.
  • Replace all screen doors with storm doors.
  • Replace all window screens with storm windows.
  • Examine wooden window frames for signs of rot or decay. Repair or replace framing to maintain structural integrity.
  • Check for drafts around windows and doors. Caulk inside and out, where necessary, to keep heat from escaping.
  • Inspect windows for cracks, broken glass, or gaps. Repair or replace, if needed.

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

  • Inspect the firebox and flue system to ensure that they’re clean of any soot or creosote and that there aren’t any cracks or voids that could cause a fire hazard.
  • Check fireplace for drafts. If it’s cold despite the damper being closed, the damper itself may be warped, worn, or rusted. Consider installing a Chimney Balloon into the flue to air seal the area tightly.
  • Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
  • Clean your whole house humidifier and replace the evaporator pad.
  • Bleed valves on any hot-water radiators to increase heating efficiency by releasing air that may be trapped inside.
  • Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
  • Remove air conditioners from windows or cover them with insulated liners, to prevent drafts.
  • If you have an older thermostat, replace it with a programmable unit to save on heating costs.
  • Install foam-insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce outside airflow.
  • Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.
  • Flush a hot water heater tank to remove sediment, and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it’s in proper working order.
  • Examine exposed ducts in the attic, basement, and crawl spaces, and use a sealant to plug up any leaks.

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Gutters, Roof, and Drains

  • Check for missing, damaged or warped shingles and replace, as necessary before you get stuck with a leak.
  • Check for deteriorated flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights and around vent pipes. Seal joints where water could penetrate, using roofing cement and a caulking gun.
  • Check the gutters and downspouts for proper fastening, and re-secure if loose or sagging. The weight of snow and ice can pull gutters off the house.
  • Clean gutters of any debris. Make sure downspouts extend away from the house by at least 5 feet to prevent flooding of the foundation and water damage from snowmelt.
  • Clean leaves and debris from courtyard and pool storm drains to prevent blockages.
  • Ensure all vents and openings are covered to prevent insects, birds, and rodents from getting inside to nest in a warm place.

Done? Congratulations!  You’re officially ready for some winter fun.

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Southwest Rink at Skyline Park      

November 30 – February 16
http://downtowndenver.com
The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (Arapahoe & 16th St., Downtown Denver) returns in 2013 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is FREE and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.

Grand Illumination of Downtown

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November 29
http://downtowndenver.com
This year’s Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver features beautiful lighting displays at the City and County Building, Larimer Square, Denver Pavilions, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall and the historic D&F Tower. Downtown’s unique holiday atmosphere is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Festivities at Denver Union Station begin at 5:30 p.m., with a countdown to “light the lights” live with 9NEWS at approximately 6:30 p.m.

LoDo Aglow

November 29 – January 1
www.lodo.org
The LoDo District Inc.’s LoDo Aglow window design contest sees local business owners, designers and art students letting their imaginations run wild in creating holiday themed window art in Lower Downtown. A panel of guest judges will choose the winners based on the originality and presentation of the design.

Visits With Santa on Larimer Square
November 30-December 24
www.larimersquare.com
It’s the happiest season of all at Larimer Square, where historic charm meets holiday cheer. With festive dining options and boutiques filled with treasures for everyone on your Nice List, Larimer Square help you celebrate in style. There are also carolers, carriage rides, and Santa on any given day. Santa will be on the block from 10AM-6PM Saturdays and Sundays during December, as well as 10-3PM on Christmas Eve. Stop by for a picture, pets are welcome too!

A Christmas Carol

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NOVEMBER 29, 2013 – DECEMBER 29, 2013

Denver’s holiday tradition returns! Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season and is a beloved tradition for many families.

Here are some popular Ski resorts

Skiing in Vail near Denver

Arapahoe Basin boasts having one of the longest ski seasons for skiing in Colorado. It has the highest skiable terrain in North America with a summit elevation of 13,050 feet. Set at the base of the Continental Divide on Loveland Pass, A-Basin offers over a hundred expertly carved trails, above timberline bowls and deep powder stashes.
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Aspen

Aspen/Snowmass offers an expansive winter playground with four unique mountains and over 4,000 acres of terrain. Aspen Mountain has been the place to go since 1947 for ski holidays in Colorado. Snowmass is the largest of the four areas being bigger than the other three combined and the crowning jewel for Colorado snow.
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Beaver Creek Resort

Colorado’s youngest resort easily accessible from Denver. The resort is comprised of three villages, the main Beaver Creek Village, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead. The towns of Avon and Edwards are located minutes from the resort and offer many lodging and dining options. The mountain hosts world class competitions.
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Breckenridge Resort

As one of North America’s top visited resorts, Breckenridge offers 146 trails span through four interconnected mountains, making Breckenridge Summit County’s largest ski area. Features 25 acres of innovative terrain parks (5 in all), steep chutes, wide open bowls for backcountry style skiing, and easy cruisers. Breckenridge is sure to please experts and beginners alike. Br… more
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Copper Mountain Resort

About 75 miles west of Denver in Summit County is Copper Mountain Resort. It’s nicknamed Colorado’s Friendliest Resort. Frisco which is 8 miles east of the resort is the closest town. Copper Mountain is divided into three villages; East Village, The Village at Copper and Union Creek.
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte has more than 1,000 acres and 2,775 vertical feet of varied terrain. Enjoy your ski holiday near Gunnison, Colorado. Known for offering extreme and diverse terrain, the mountain is considered one of the birthplaces of freeskiing. The peaks of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort offer expert bowls, steeps and long cruisers for advanced skiers, as well as extensi… more
Resort Overview · Lodging · Resort Deals · Lift Ticket Deals · Map · Snow Report · Trail Map · More Topics

Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort is a ski vacation destination located north of Durango in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado and known by locals from it’s former name Purgatory Ski Area. The mountain offers terrain for all abilities, two terrain parks and a kids play area. The historic town of Durango is located 25 miles south where you can find an array of shopping… more
Resort Overview · Lodging · Resort Deals · Lift Ticket Deals · Map · Snow Report · Trail Map · More Topics

Keystone Resort

Located 90 minutes from Denver, Keystone is comprised of 3 mountains with a summit elevation of 12,408 ft. This resort features one of Colorado’s largest terrain night parks. With an abundance of activities for every season, a host of restaurant options from casual to fine dining, and plenty of lodging options, Keystone has it all.
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Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass is the second largest ski area in the US. Snowmass is only 12 miles from sister resort Aspen. Snowmass is the largest of the four areas being bigger than the other three combined and the crowning jewel for Colorado snow.
Resort Overview · Lodging · Resort Deals · Lift Ticket Deals · Map · Snow Report · Trail Map · More Topics

Steamboat

157 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado is the Ski Town of Steamboat. On-mountain improvements have erupted at the Steamboat Ski Area designed to make your visit to Steamboat better. Steamboat has a unique history of western culture producing a vacation experience of a lifetime.
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Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride Ski Resort is a world-class ski resort and summer vacation resort located in the San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. Getting to Telluride is easy with non-stop flights from 8 U.S. cities. From refined groomed runs to challenging moguls, there truly is something for everyone.
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Vail Resort

Vail is one of North America’s top ski resort destination with 5289 acres of skiable terrain. Features seven bowls, and gladed terrain in the new Blue Sky Basin area along with more groomed terrain than any other resort. Located about 100 miles west of Denver.
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Winter Park

Winter Park Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in Colorado is located 67 miles northwest of Denver and is Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort. It offers award-winning terrain, terrain parks, steeps, trees and deeps. The resort consists of three interconnected mountain peaks which share a common lift ticket.
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