Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your West Palm Beach Home
A chill in the air signifies fall and winter are approaching. Even though sunny South Florida doesn't see much cold in the winter, the occasional cold front leaves many unprepared homeowners scrambling to get their heating systems fixed. This means home owners should be winterizing their homes. What exactly is winterizing? Winterizing involves preparing your home to make it energy efficient during the winter and making sure all projects needing completed to prevent any deterioration of the home are complete before winter comes.
The reason winterizing is so important is because it can help protect a home as well as save on energy expenses. Here are some great suggestions to consider including when winterizing a home.
When was the Last Time you Turned on Your Heater?
Once fall weather sets in in earnest, it is a good idea to winterize your AC. While many people feel this is not strictly necessary, doing so will extend the life of your AC.
Wash off your condenser and brush it free of any remaining dirt or leaves. Once it is dry, cover the condenser unit with a heavy tarp or AC cover and secure the cover with bungee cords to be sure it stays attached on blustery days. Window units should be removed completely and stored inside.
Prepare Your Furnace and Thermostat
If you don’t already have one, consider switching to a digital thermostat with programmable schedules for when and at what temperature the heater should run, as this saves energy costs. If you already have a digital thermostat, switch it over to heat and your winter programming schedule. Additionally, it is a good time to do your routine furnace maintenance check-ups and replace filters.
Dodge the Draft
Lay down a draft snake along the bottom of all exterior doors to keep cold air from seeping in under the bottom of the door. You can find draft snakes for sale at most home goods stores or make your own by making a long fabric sleeve and filling it with rice – to make it moldable – before sewing off both ends. Likewise, this is the time to replace weather stripping or caulking that need replaced.
Change the Fans & Open Vents
While not usually labeled, most ceiling fans often have a switch near where the light is or would be which you can push to turn the fan into winter mode. This mode makes the fan blow upwards to circulate warm air through the room. How do you tell which mode your fan is in? If it is spinning counter-clockwise, it is in summer mode; if it spins clockwise, it is in winter mode. Likewise, remember to open vents in rooms you’ll be using so heat can get in. For rooms you won’t use often, close the vents and keep the door closed so heat stays in the rooms you do use.
Check Your Water Heater
Most water heaters are set at the default setting of 140 degrees, but many homes don’t need water that hot. Try turning your water heater down to 120 degrees. Generally, this is a comfortably hot temperature for most households.
Winter is nearly here! To get the best advice on winterizing your West Palm Beach home, call One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning at (561) 509-5320 today.