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November 22, 2023

Winter-Ready Wisdom: Tips from Rock Creek Senior Living Plant Operations Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Kolby Naylor, Plant Operations Director

As the Plant Operations Director at Rock Creek Senior Living. I know the importance of having the community and my home ready 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. Please clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage so that ice dams can damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

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 properly by adding weatherstripping to doors and windows. Add insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Don’t 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. 

I begin my winter preparation by inspecting the air filters in the HVAC systems and cleaning the burners to remove any debris. Outdoors, I disconnect all outside water outlets, winterize the irrigation systems, and cover and store outdoor furniture for the season. I also confirm that all insulation is properly attached and that areas are covered to ensure maximum efficiency.

Preparing for colder weather reduces wear and tear on equipment and keeps the HVAC systems operating correctly.

A little time and money spent preparing for cold 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’ll stay outside where he belongs!

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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