Even though Florida winters are mild compared to other parts of the country, everyone should take some time to winterize their home. Whether you are planning on having family over for the holidays or will be leaving the house on vacation, here is a look at some of the steps that you can take to get your home ready for the colder months of the year.
Get Your Heating System Checked Out
While Florida residents might not experience a blizzard this winter, it is still a great idea to get your heating system inspected and serviced. An HVAC technician can look for damaged parts, inspect the ducts, change filters, and check for any other issues that could be dangerous or lead to an inefficient heating system.
Look for Cracks and Holes Inside and Out
Sealing up your home is a weekend chore that is easy to do and can save quite a bit of money for a few hours worth of work. With nothing more than some caulk and a caulking gun, homeowners can look over the inside and outside of their home for any cracks or holes that will allow cold air in. Some of the areas you might want to check include the doors, windows, vents, and pipes.
Inspect Your Roof, Rain Gutters, and Downspouts
Any cracks in your roof or clogs in the gutters could cause some serious damage when a storm hits. For those that are not comfortable getting on their roof, a professional can be called to inspect all of the shingles and look for damage to the roof. Rain gutters should be cleared out at least a few times a year and all downspouts should be free of debris and leading far away from the foundation of the home.