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November 22, 2023

Mastering Winter: Top Tips from The Princeton Senior Living Plant Operations Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Theodore Drewlo, Plant Operations Director

As Plant Operations Director at The Princeton 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. Please clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage so ice dams can not damage your roof and walls when snow and ice accumulate. 

Check your heating system and replace air filters. Consider scheduling 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, and consider adding insulation to your attic and walls to retain heat and lower energy bills. Remember 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. 

At the community, I take specific actions to prepare for colder weather. These include blowing out and draining the irrigation system, cleaning and covering the fountains, and storing all hoses and reels to prevent freezing and avoid damage to water lines and hoses. Additionally, we cover and store outdoor furniture for the season.

I also make a point to talk to the staff and residents about cold weather. Providing information on how severe cold weather can affect them, including the danger of frostbite. A little time and money spent preparing for cold weather will pay 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!

Preparing for Colder Weather

The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, MO offers 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 Lees Summit Medical Center and St. Lukes East with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shamrock Hills Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Summit Fair Shopping, Summit Woods Crossing, Legacy Park StoneHaus Farms Winery, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife, StoneHaus Winery, and Longview Lake.

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