While Florida winters may not be the harshest, they still come with quite a chill. From blinds to curtains and much more, there’s a lot you can do to keep the cool air out and keep your energy bills low while ensuring you and your family stay toasty and comfortable all through the fall and winter.
Ensure You’re Insulated & Seal Up Gaps
All a home needs is one window that doesn’t quite close or one door to have unsealed cracks. Cool air will make it its mission to rush in and infiltrate even the coziest home. Put up weatherstripping around doors to stop the drafts. Make sure your insulation is holding strong to help trap in warmer air. It’s also a great time to assess the condition of your siding and your roof. Siding that is newer and less damaged will help trap in existing warmth and act as a barrier to chillier air. A newer roof also helps insulate a home, so you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Tighten Up The Blinds
Blinds do more than just block out the light on too bright days – they can also trap in the warm, comfy air. Windows are great to look out of but they suck out heat and project cold air like pros. Making sure you have properly fitting blinds that close up tight goes a long way. And be sure to close your blinds in the evening as the sun sets, so more warmth doesn’t leave out into the darkness.
Chase The Heat
Hot air rises, so those upper levels you may have avoided in the summer can be more attractive in the fall and winter. Bedrooms on top floors will tend to stay toastier longer, so you can reduce your heat during the night and still be assured a good night’s sleep. During the day, try to congregate in rooms that get plenty of sun so you can bask in unnatural (and free) warmth.