Wildflower at Lake Elmo is a growing community surrounded by a 40-acre Wildflower Conservancy. From large lots to build your dream home on, to low maintenance Garden Villas with a private park, we have something for everyone.

We know how important it is to make a house a home. Part of that, is ensuring proper maintenance during the variety of seasons that Minnesota has. For that reason, we are sharing 5 Things You Must do Before Winter to Protect Your Home.

Drain your outdoor faucets

Repeat after me, “I will turn off all outdoor water faucets before winter.” This is an important tip. You will want to also drain and disconnect all water hoses that are outside. Failure to do this when you live in a cold climate as we do, can result in your pipes bursting.

  1. Change your furnace filter.

This is something you will want to do monthly, and definitely at the start of the colder season. Some filters can be cleaned, but most will be replaced. Be sure to know what your furnace requires.

Test out that winter equipment.

The last thing you want to deal with during a snowstorm is a non-functioning snow blower. Now is a great time to make sure you know where your winter shoveling tools are, and that they are functioning properly.

Reverse your ceiling fans.

If your ceiling fan has this option, you can set it so your ceiling fan turns in the clockwise direction after you turn on your heat for the season. The fan will create an updraft and push heat down, creating some energy savings.

Clean your gutters.

The best way to deal with ice dams is to prevent them. Cleaning out your gutters prior to winter is a smart step. Not doing so can cause water to back up, which can damage the roof and siding, resulting in leaks and ice dams.

Though there are many more tips to help you prepare your home for winter, these are 5 big ones. We would love to hear your tips as well. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram and share your tips with us.