While it’s unlikely that we’ll see any snow in Central Florida, there are still seasonal adjustments to be made to improve the efficiency and safety of our homes. Check out these Florida winterization tips to make sure your home is safe and secure this winter.
Protect Your Pipes
While cracked or busted frozen pipes are certainly more common in colder regions, we do experience the rare winter storm or extreme cold snap that can damage our pipes if not properly prepared. In older homes especially, water pipes are closer to the surface and not adequately protected from freezing temperatures. A professional inspection of your plumbing can prevent frozen, cracked pipes, saving you money in the long run. In the event of a freeze warning, you can also wrap your pipes in insulation to prevent bursting.
Clean Your Gutters
Free your gutters from leaves and debris and trim back tree branches away from your roof.
Change Your Air Filters
Changing your air filters every three months is best practice, but definitely do it when the weather changes if you haven’t already. This will improve both air flow and quality throughout your home.
Change and Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries
This should be done every six months, but it is especially important during the colder months when a fire is more likely to occur due to space heater and fireplace usage.
Double Check Insulation
Insulation should be 12 inches deep, at minimum, so check your attic to be sure. Proper insulation coupled with clean ducts will improve air quality and save you money on your heating costs.
Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction
A clockwise motion on your ceiling fans will push warm air down, warming the space more efficiently.
Check your home’s door exteriors, windows, and outlets for cold air that may seep in. Window insulator kits are available at your local home improvement store and they’re simple to install.
These Florida home winterization practices can not only save you money, they’ll help to keep your family safer and warmer this winter. If you’re interested in our remodeling services, click here to contact us today.