In the previous blog, the Pasco County HVAC experts at Benjamin Brothers gave you a few tips for preparing your home for the surprisingly brisk Florida winter. We’ll continue on that topic here, with even more ways to make sure your home is ready for the cooler months to come.
Clean out your gutters.
In Florida, lower temperatures are usually accompanied by a steep increase in precipitation—and if your gutters aren’t prepared for the intense rain, you could be left with a real mess in your home. Gutters clogged by leaves and other debris will impede the flow of water through your gutter system, leading to overflows that can dump water right into your home and cause water damage and costly repairs.
Before winter comes, grab a ladder and take a look in your gutters, and clear out any blockages and debris. If you’re not comfortable getting up on your roof or on a ladder, your local roofers will most likely provide a gutter cleaning service. Speaking of roofers…
Get your roof checked out.
Unfortunately, most people find out about roof leaks when water is dripping into their house in the middle of a storm. This is a reactive way to handle roof leaks. Ideally, you’d like to prevent leaks and water damage in the first place, which is why a roof inspection is so important in the fall season. Before the weather gets chippy, a professional roofer can inspect your roof, fix any broken flashing or pipe boots, and make sure your shingles are in good shape for the rain to come. It might be difficult for you to fork over the money for a roof inspection now, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what you’ll pay for extensive roof and water damage repairs.
Reverse your ceiling fans.
Reverse your ceiling fans? Since when is this possible? It comes as a great surprise to many that the direction of your ceiling fan blades can be changed with the simple flip of a switch on the center of your fan unit. Don’t worry, it surprised us, too. But what’s the point of changing your fan’s direction? It’s all based on the fact that the direction of your fan blades determines where warm air will be pushed in your house. Set your fan to counterclockwise, and your blades will push all that warm air straight to the ceiling—not ideal when you’re freezing in your bed in the middle of the night. But set your fan to clockwise, and you’ll push all that warm air straight down to ground level where you need it the most. All it takes is the flip of a switch for toasty toes and better use of the warm air from your HVAC system. We’re a “fan” of that.
Prepare all of your wintertime gear.
In your home and beyond, winter takes some extra preparation and extra gear. We’re not trying to go full mom on you right now, but let us ask you a few questions. Have you replaced your windshield wipers lately? Do you have a raincoat that can stand up to a heavy storm if something goes wrong outside of your home? Do you have extra food and supplies if the power goes out during a winter storm, or if you can’t leave your house for a few days because of severe rain? Do you have a place in your home to let wet rain gear dry out for a bit? These are questions you should ask yourself in the fall before the winter comes along, so you don’t put yourself in a sticky (or dare we say, soggy) situation.
Preparation is in the details. Don’t forget the small stuff when preparing your home and your family for winter!
Get your HVAC serviced.
On the coldest days of the year, your comfort and warmth comes directly from your tried and true HVAC system pumping out quality air. But if your HVAC system is malfunctioning or not working at its very best, you could end up spending more money on energy and have a less comfortable house to boot. The fall is the best time to get your air ducts clean and have your HVAC system checked out—after all the hard work your system does in the swampy summer, it’s in your best interests to have some work done before it has to work just as hard in the winter.
That’s where Benjamin Brothers can help. Our experienced HVAC team can help you with air duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance so your system can handle anything that Florida can throw at it. Don’t wait until winter is here—schedule an appointment today!