1. Wrap Your Windows
Most Florida homes aren't engineered for winter weather. They're built to help you enjoy the sunshine and warmth that is common most of the year. And while Jalousie windows are great for warm weather, they act as an easy escape route for warm air when the mercury drops in December, January and February.
That's why you should wrap your windows.
There are a variety of plastic window films available, and they are all fairly easy to install. You can learn more about window films on the Energy.gov website.
2. Add Insulation
Warm air rises, which means that a lot of it might be making its way up into your attic and out through the roof--unless you have plenty of insulation.
Before it gets too cool outside, head up to the attic and see if you need to add insulation. If the insulation you have up there is more than five year's old, it might not be enough. If there is less than 12 inches of insulation up there, you're going to want to add more.
The good news is that it's relatively easy and inexpensive to do.
3. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can be a life-safer in the summer and a money-saver in the winter--but only if you run it in reverse during the colder winter months.
Reversing your ceiling fans so that they are rotating clockwise will send that rising warm air back down toward the floors, keeping you warmer and reducing the risk of it escaping out through the roof.
This is a particularly important winterization tip for homes with high ceilings. It's also easy to do and can save you money on your heating bills, according to Energy Star.
4. Replace Your Air Filters
The air filters in your home should be replaced every 30 days to keep your HVAC system running at peak performance. But if you're like many people, you probably overlook this little chore from time to time.
But it's really important that you replace your filter before the winter weather arrives.
When your air filter is dusty and dirty, your HVAC system has to work harder, which winds up causing your heating costs to rise. So make sure you swap out the air filter.
5. Service Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system is a lot like an engine in a car--both need to be serviced regularly in order to ensure they're performing effectively and efficiently.
Having your system serviced before it gets too cool outside will ensure that everything is in proper working order. It will allow your technician to fix any minor issues before they become bigger problems.
And it will provide you with peace of mind all winter long. After all, the last thing you want to do is wind up cold while you wait for someone to come out and fix the HVAC system.
If you need help getting your Florida home ready for winter, connect with East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning today.