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While the heating season isn’t quite on the horizon yet for homeowners in South Florida, the fall season is a good time to think about how to best winterize your home for upcoming cooler temperatures. And there’s a perk for homeowners who take such a project on: They also benefit from these actions over the summer.

Whether the season is extremely hot or comfortably cool, homeowners need to protect their homes from outdoor weather conditions in order to feel comfortable, stay safe and keep energy bills low. The following projects will help to ensure that your home is energy efficient — no matter the season. And if you winterize your home, you’ll be able to turn off your heating equipment more often this winter.

  • If you have a wood-burning fireplace, contact a chimney or fireplace expert to have it inspected and ensure that the venting system is working properly.
  • Check carbon monoxide detectors, change their batteries, and use their testing buttons to make sure they’re still working – an important home-protection factor if you have combustible equipment in the home.
  • Give your home’s exterior shell a once-over, making sure that air leaks are contained. Use caulk to seal around gaps and cracks in windows, doors, attic hatches, electrical outlets, and wires or cables that run through the walls.
  • Inspect insulation. Whether summer or winter, the attic is a place where your home is likely to experience a lot of heat transfer between inside and outside. Insulation will help slow this process down, and the attic is an easy place to put it.
  • Schedule an HVAC system inspection to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment is free of dirt buildup. Your technician also will check all components for wear and tear and signs of problems so that your system will run efficiently and reliably over the next year.
  • While your technician checks the HVAC equipment, make sure that he or she also inspects the ductwork, as any leaks here will lead to energy losses, and result in higher energy costs and reduced comfort.

Need expert advice on how to best winterize your Florida home? Just give the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heatinga call today! We’re happy to help you achieve optimal energy efficiency throughout your home with superior cooling, heating and indoor air quality services.

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