3 Mistakes Homeowners Make During Colder Weather

The holidays are right around the corner, which means colder weather is also on the way. When it comes to switching gears from hurricane season to wintertime, homeowners tend to make mistakes as they adjust to the new temperatures. Get ahead of the season and prep your house properly so you can avoid these mishaps.
Mistake #1- Not Properly Installing Insulation
Proper insulation is one of the most important things a homeowner can do to ensure heat stays in the house rather than seeping out and causing colder nights and a larger energy bill. When fixing any insulation issues, make sure to check the exterior walls of your home for any compromising issues.
Mistake #2- Letting Your Home Get Too Cold Before Turning on the Heat
Some people avoid turning on their heat until it gets too cold which can create an uncomfortable living condition. When this mistake is made, it can take up to 24 hours to properly heat your home and if temperatures drop quick, you might have several hours of unpleasant living conditions.
Mistake #3- Ignoring Your Indoor Air Quality
During the winter months, the air is dryer and viruses tend to run more rampant. However, ensuring your air quality is good can help get you through the winter months with less illnesses. By making simple changes like using an air purifier, replacing air filters, and dusting exposed surfaces you can help build up your air quality.
To learn more about weather prevention and repairs, please contact APEX Disaster Specialists at (850) 660-6900.

3 Tips to Save Energy (and money) During the Cold Season

If you haven’t already, you’re probably ready to turn on your heater for the first time this season. As we slip into a colder time of year, it’s important to keep your property efficient and safe as you move through the holidays. These tips will help you save money and keep your home energy running smoothly.
Tip #1- Check Your Doors and Windows
Now is the time to check the sealing on your doors and windows to ensure they have been properly installed and updated. If you have a compromised opening, it can cause cold air to seep in (or warm air to seep out), resulting in a higher energy bill.
Tip #2- Check Your Ducts
It’s easy to forget about your ducts as they are often tucked away out of sight, but by properly sealing and insulating them, you can save a good chuck of change each year. Additionally, you can avoid the unappealing burning scent the first time you turn on your heater, by taking some time to clean dust and debris from your ducts.
Tip #3- Clean Your Furnace
Fall is the best time of year to clean your furnace to prepare it for the season ahead. In fact, sediment build up can cause a strain in the function of your furnace and even become a fire hazard. Inspecting your system and cleaning the filters regularly during the winter, will help keep it running efficiently and safely.
To learn more about weather prevention and repairs, please contact APEX Disaster Specialists at (850) 660-6900.