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JEA Helps With Tips To Prepare For Cooler Weather
JEA Helps With Tips To Prepare For  Cooler Weather

It is that time of year again when the leaves start turning colors and falling to the ground. With cooler winter weather on the way JEA has released a list of preparations you can take to help prepare for the frosty days ahead.

Before you get hit with a hard freeze, or even near freezing weather, it is advisable to run your central heating and air conditioning unit to make sure that it is running efficiently. Here are some tips form JEA about how to test it and do a tune up to ensure it is running efficiently.

o   Check thermostat settings. Make sure that the reading is accurate to the temperature

o   Tighten all electrical connections.

o   Lubricate all moving parts.

o   Check and inspect the condensate drain in your heat pump.

o   Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation.

o   Clean evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils.

o   Check your central air conditioner's refrigerant level.

·         JEA's  wintertime recommendation for the thermostat is 68 degrees.  According to JEA every degree above 68 will add 5% to the heating portion of your utility bill!

·         Make sure you set your thermostat 3 to 5 degrees cooler when you’re not at home.

·         When you raise your thermostat; ONLY raise it one or two degrees at a time so that the heat strips don’t come on.

·         Winter is a great time to get into your attic and do some air sealing and insulating. (Windows and doors can create drafts which will suck the heat out of your house,     increasing the output of your unit and costing you more monthly.

·         Make sure you dress for the weather outside.  Putting on an extra layer of clothing won’t cost you a dime! If you have too many clothes on, you can always shed a layer, but if you don't have layers, you might get left in the cold.

·         Use safe electric floor heaters instead of raising the thermostat for the entire house.  It will cost you less. The power of a small heater heating one room costs less each month than the central unit attempting to heat the whole house.

There are other things around the house and yard to be concerned about when the cold weather approaches. When the weather gets below freezing many people experience problems with their water pipes breaking. Putting a light in your pump house and insulating your pipes is recommended to avoid this situation. You may also turn on an outside faucet, at a drizzle to keep the pipes from freezing.

Outside plants also take the brunt of the chilly weather. The grass dies and turns brown, but winter rye grass grows during this season and is a great bright green cover during the cold season. Potted plants should be taken inside or wrapped with plastic, blankets, or tarps to keep them from getting frost bite.

Fireplace safety is another thing to keep in mind this time of year. Make sure that your chimney is clean before you decide to burn a fire. Over time deposits build up in the chimney and can create a fire hazard. If you do plan on using your fire place make sure that you have plenty of firewood ready so that you are not out in the cold trying to chop it.

Last but not least, your automobiles may be affected by the cold weather too. Make sure that your radiator has anti-freeze and have your battery tested. One bad freeze is all it takes to freeze a radiator creating a leak, or short out a automotive battery leaving you stranded in the cold.

These are just some of the things that can be done to prepare for cooler weather. Everyone bundle up and stay warm this winter season.

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