The winters in Florida are much milder compared to other places in the United States. However, cold snaps and frigid temperatures can still plague Florida residents in the dead of winter. As the colder months approach, check out these tips for a winter-ready Florida home.
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Debris can easily clog your gutters and downspouts, especially after the leaves fall during autumn. If you neglect to clean your gutters and the rest of your water collection system, you could be in for a real problem. Wet debris can easily jam your gutters and downspouts, keeping rainwater from flowing through. If the temperatures drop below zero, you could have some issues with ice blockages as well. So get out there and clear your gutters this month!
Prepare Your Pool
Knowing how to prepare your pool for Florida winters can mean the difference between a clean pool to return to in the spring or a dirty pool to scrub under the newfound sun. Preparing your pool now will save you time and frustration in the new year. Do as much as you can to clear debris from the water and scrub the inside of the pool. If you’re new to pool care, consult your pool installation company for recommendations.
Clean Air Filters
Your filters keep dust and germs out of the air you breathe at home. But you must clean and replace them from time to time; otherwise, the buildup will get in the way. Old, dirty air filters are more likely to spread germs and make it harder for your heat and air system to work properly. Make sure you feel the clean, warm air this winter with fresh air filters.
Check Your Heating System
In Florida, it’s no secret that temperatures skyrocket during the summer months. Naturally, you may not have used your heating system in quite some time. Disuse doesn’t always cause disrepair, but your heating system must be ready for the first sign of cold temperatures. If you don’t check it in advance, you could be stuck on a frigid day without properly working heat.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Your ceiling fans circulate air during hot days and keep your home interior cool. However, they also work well in the winter if you reverse them. By switching your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise, you effectually push the rising hot air back down into the room. This in turn will keep the room warmer for longer, decreasing how much heat you end up using. This trick is especially helpful for rooms with tall ceilings.
Use these tips for a winter-ready Florida home and be prepared for the dropping temperatures. By setting your home up in advance, you’ll save yourself time, money, and trouble this winter.
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