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Winter is Coming: How Snowbirds Prepare Their HVAC Systems

Winter is coming, are you prepared?  


Snowbirds, those savvy migratory folks who chase warmth, are all too familiar with the need to winterize their homes before heading to a more hospitable climate like Florida. One of the key areas that can’t be overlooked is the HVAC system.  


Our professionals at ACHV Services are here to ensure homeowners and snowbirds alike are properly prepared for winter so they can stay cozy no matter the weather outside.  


We recommend:  


#1. Having Preventative Maintenance Completed  

#2. Checking Your Thermostat Settings 

#3. Ensuring You Have Proper Insulation  


P.S. Floridians can also use these tips for the colder season here in Tampa Bay to get their systems ready for cold weather. Well, cold for Tampa anyway… 




AC Winterization Checklist  


Stick with us as we dive deeper into each of these checklist points, providing you with tips on how best to tackle these tasks.  


Tip #1. Have Preventative Maintenance Completed  


One crucial aspect of preparing your AC system for an extended period of disuse is proper maintenance. Snowbirds should schedule a professional service visit before leaving to ensure it is in good condition. (This also pertains to their vacation home here in Tampa Bay, the system should be well-maintained year-round as well.) 


Maintenance includes: 


  • Cleaning or replacing air filters 
  • Inspecting and repairing any leaks or damage 
  • Optimizing the overall efficiency of the system 


One of the most important steps in winterizing your air conditioning is to replace or clean the air filters.  


Over time, air filters can become clogged with debris, which reduces airflow and puts a strain on your system. By replacing or cleaning these filters before winter sets in, you ensure that your system is running efficiently when you need it most. 


ACHV Tip: While we often use HVAC systems year-round in Florida, proper maintenance and air filter changes are key to system efficiency when Floridian make that brief seasonal switch to heating in the cooler months.  

Tip #2. Check Your Thermostat Settings 


Another crucial aspect of winter preparation is to check your thermostat settings. Snowbirds often leave their homes unoccupied for extended periods during winter, so it’s essential to set the thermostat at a temperature that will prevent freezing pipes while still conserving energy.  


Investing in a smart thermostat that can be controlled remotely via smartphone apps provides added convenience and peace of mind while away. 


Consider programming a lower temperature setting during hours when no one will be home and then raising it before you return. This way, you maintain a comfortable living environment while also saving money on energy bills. 


ACHV Tip: Smart thermostats can also be useful when snowbirds go back home after the winter. They can help keep their vacation home’s comfortable and humidity-free while they are back up north during Florida’s scorching summers.  



Tip #3. Ensure You Have Proper Insulation  


Insulation creates a barrier to heat flow, making your home’s heating and cooling system more efficient (and in turn, helping you save on utility bills). It’s like bundling up in layers of warm clothing to battle the winter’s cold. Except, in this case, you’re wrapping your home snugly to preserve heat!  

Our checklist includes:  

  • Inspecting your insulation for leaks 
  • Upgrading your insulation to a more energy-efficient type 
  • Seal air leaks around doors and windows 


ACHV Tip: You might want to investigate insulated doors and windows. They’re like the winter coat for your home, preventing heat loss and maintaining a steady indoor temperature, which can ease the load on your heating or cooling system. 


What Happens If You Don’t Prepare Your System  


Ever wondered what might happen if you fail to prepare your home’s cooling system for winter or keep up with maintenance? The results could be more catastrophic than you imagine. When you understand the potential risks associated with neglecting your HVAC system, it becomes evident that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  


So, what are the risks of not preparing your air conditioning system? 


  • Potential for system failure 
  • Reduced lifespan of your heating and cooling system 
  • Boosting energy bills  
  • Unexpected repairs and replacements  


With that in mind, make sure to schedule seasonal maintenance with ACHV Services before an emergency breakdown!  


Honeywell Home thermostat smart programming


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Prepare for Winter with ACHV Services  


Sunseekers understand the need to prepare their homes for extended absences during snowy winter months. However, it’s equally important not to forget about the faithful AC unit that keeps their homes safe and comfortable throughout the year.  


By prioritizing maintenance and considering modern upgrades like programmable thermostats, snowbirds can enjoy worry-free winters away from home while returning to a properly functioning HVAC system upon their arrival back north. 


If you are ready to prepare your home away from home in Tampa Bay for winter and need help doing so, our experts at ACHV Services would be happy to help! Contact us today at (727) 453-2432 or (813) 917-2982 to schedule an appointment. 

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