Winter Tips for Property Rentals

Although the temperatures in Northern Colorado have been fairly mild so far this winter, it is only a matter of time before we find ourselves enduring below-freezing temperatures. Whether you’re a seasoned local or you are new to the Front Range, you may find yourself wondering how you can protect your rental when the cold temperatures arrive. There are many things that you can do, and in today’s post, we’ll review three tips for you to keep your home safe and cozy.

Middel Realty offers some of the best property rentals in Fort Collins, and our team is here to help you get through the chilly winter months ahead. If you have questions about your home’s heating system or if you’re concerned it’s not operating as efficiently as possible, call us at 970-221-2300.

Tip #1: Keep the Flue Damper Closed When Possible

On cold winter days and nights, those who live in Colorado often prefer to use their chimney to warm up their home. While this can be a convenient and cozy way of heating your house, the warm air that escapes from your chimney could be drawing more cold air into your home. Your furnace may kick on more often to compensate, which could cost you more than you realize in terms of your utilities. If you do choose to operate your fireplace, the flue damper should be open to allow smoke and gas to exit. However, keeping the flue closed when your fireplace is not in use will prevent the loss of warm air inside of your home.

Tip #2: Check Your Heat Registers

In addition to keeping your flue damper closed when possible, another way you can keep your rental warm and cozy is to ensure that you don’t have anything blocking your heat registers. Because most heat registers are located near the floor, they are easily blocked by large pieces of furniture. Bedrooms often have only one heat vent in them, and if the lone register is covered up by a bed or dresser, the room may feel cold. Likewise, in living rooms, dens, and dining rooms, it is important to ensure that your sofas, desks, and china cabinets are not blocking the heat registers. Unobstructed heat registers are not only beneficial for your indoor comfort, they will help make sure your furnace runs as efficiently as possible.

Tip #3: Protect Your Pipes

Frozen pipes are one of the biggest wintertime hazards for Northern Colorado property rentals, and as a renter, there are a couple of simple steps you can take to prevent freeze damage to your home’s plumbing. If you have a basement or crawlspace, wrapping any exposed plumbing with insulation sleeves can help protect them from the cold. On especially cold winter days and nights, it is also helpful to keep the cabinet doors ajar in kitchens and bathrooms. In doing so, warm air is allowed into the cabinets to circulate around the plumbing. If you have plumbing that runs through unheated spaces (such as exterior wall cavities or through an unfinished basement), a slow trickle of water can keep them from freezing.

Quality Fort Collins Property Rentals

If you’re one of our valued tenants who needs help ensuring that your property rental is ready for with winter months ahead, the Middel Realty team is here for you. Contact our office today at 970-221-2300 email us at to learn how we can assist you.