November 20, 2023

Preparing for Colder Weather: Tips from Arrow Senior Living’s Asset Management Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Michael Boyd, Managing Director of Asset Management

As the Managing Director of Asset Management at Arrow Senior Living. I know the importance of preparing the community and my home for the cold winter weather. To prepare your house for winter weather. Start by inspecting and sealing any gaps or cracks in doors, windows, and walls to prevent drafts and conserve heat. Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Thus preventing ice dams that can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

Prepare for Cold Weather

Check your heating system, replace air filters, or schedule a professional inspection to ensure it’s functioning efficiently and safely for the colder months. Insulate your home correctly by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows. Also, consider adding insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Do not forget also to prepare your outdoor spaces – drain and store garden hoses, cover outdoor furniture, and trim tree branches that could damage your home during winter storms. 

My activities to prepare for colder weather at home include turning off the water to the outside spigots, rolling the hoses, and storing them for winter. I also deep clean my furnace, change filters, and check for roof leaks in my attic.

Winterizing concrete and ceramic fountains is incredibly important. It extends the life of the pump and prevents fountains from cracking. My winter vegetable garden prep is equally essential. I trim my blackberries and compost around the root crowns. I will also add straw over the top of my biannual crops.

Suppose we prepare our homes for winter. There will be fewer problems when it’s cold outside, and spring startup will be easier with fewer repairs needed.

A little time and money spent preparing for freezing weather will pay off great dividends through energy savings. There is no way to stop “Old Man Winter” from arriving at your door, but with some preparation, he will stay outside where he belongs!

Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a portfolio of communities that offer varying levels of care, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.

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