Winter is obviously not as chilling in Florida as it can be in other states. We don't have to worry about snow, blizzards, freezes, things like that, but it's still important to maintain our homes and prepare them for the change in weather. This is the first season where we will actually feel a chill in the state, so we don't want it to shock our homes. Here are some things you can do to prepare for the Winter months.
Safety. You'll probably be using your heat for the first time in months. If you have a fireplace, we're sure this hasn't kicked on in ages. Make sure you check your fire alarm batteries to prevent any issues you'll have with a faulty heater, fireplace, or candles.
Efficiency. Make sure you check your heater to ensure it still works properly. Not only will this reduce your utility bills, but it'll keep you warm and ensure your heater doesn't break in the middle of a chilly night. Radiators should be bled of any air pockets that may have accumulated inside of them. Windows and doors could use a simple touch up on caulking around the edges to reduce drafts and save homeowners on the use of energy. Keep your air ducts cleaned regularly. You can even switch your fan to spin clockwise to keep the heat low in the room, pushing it downward where it matters most. This will also help you to save money and energy.
Prepare the Pool. You don't exactly need to winterize the yard besides maybe covering certain plants during those extra cold nights, but you will want to keep your pool healthy during the offseason. Vacuum the bottom, empty the filters and remove any surface debris. Algae will bloom still in the winter months, so take precaution. Cover your pool to keep it free from bugs and other debris while not in use.
Insulate Pipes. Frozen pipes are the second leading cause of home insurance claims in the US. Although it doesn't often get to freezing temperatures in Florida, there are definitely nights where it is cold enough to freeze water, or your pipes. The last thing you want is your pipes freezing and bursting.
Attic Inspection. Do a close inspection of your attic for signs of water damage, infestation or insulation problems. These could cause your home serious damage, so you'll want to catch potential issues early to prevent anything worse.
By following our checklist, you'll be ready for a safe Winter and a festive Christmas!
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