One of the best things about living in North County San Diego is the amazing weather that we can enjoy year-round. But that doesn’t mean winter is free of inclement weather – especially for those in the mountains or inland areas. For this reason, it’s important to get your home ready for colder temperatures and rainy weather. Here’s what you need to do to winterize your Southern California home.
Check your furnace
When it’s time to turn on the furnace, you want it to work properly. So be sure to keep your system in good working order. That means cleaning and replacing your air filters as necessary. This will ensure your system runs efficiently and will extend its life. While you’re at it, check to make sure there’s no clutter or furniture blocking vents and registers. It can also help to have a professional come in to do a service of your HVAC system once a year.
Seal cracks and gaps
Another important step to winterize your North County home is to check for gaps and cracks around doors and windows. These cracks can let cold air and moisture in, reducing your energy efficiency. They can also provide an easy entrance for pests. If you find any gaps or cracks, then seal them with caulk, weatherstripping, or foam filler.
Get your fireplace ready
Do you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace in your North County home? Then now is the time to get it ready for those chilly nights you want to spend by the fire. Check your chimney for obstructions, or call in a professional to have it cleaned. If you have a gas fireplace, check to make sure all the connections are functioning and not leaking. When your fireplace is not in use, keep the damper closed to keep warm air inside.
Reverse ceiling fans
Did you know you should change the rotation of your ceiling fans depending on the season? In the winter months, switch your ceiling fan so that it rotates clockwise. This will help to draw warm air up and then push it back down into the room.
Check the roof and gutters
The winter months in North County San Diego tend to be wetter than those in the summer. So be sure to check your roof for missing tiles or shingles. These can lead to water damage if you don’t replace them. You should also clean your gutters of debris. Dead leaves and branches can cause blockages in your gutters, which can damage your siding or leak into your foundation.
Adjust your irrigation system
Finally, if you have an irrigation system installed, then be sure to adjust the settings for winter. You won’t need to water your garden or lawn as much in the wintertime. If you have a lawn or other plants that go dormant in the winter, then you may not need to use your irrigation system at all. And if you live in an area that may get an overnight freeze or two during the winter, be sure to insulate your aboveground pipes. You can purchase insulating tubes that are easy to install on pipes, faucets, and valves.