How to Prepare for Winter in Arizona
Winter in Arizona is generally warmer and milder than in other parts of the country. Arizona temperatures range between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which is good news for those who don’t appreciate the kind of bitter cold that winter can inflict on the northern states.
Still, this can feel very cold for those who are used to warmer temperatures, and areas that are at a higher elevation get particularly cold. Ice and snow can also be a problem. It may not be as bad as in other parts of the country, but even a little bit of snow can be a problem for a state full of people who aren’t used to it.
You need to be ready for it and prepare your home for the cold weather. Here are some tips that will help you with that.
Prepare Your Heating System
The most important step in preparing your home for the winter is making sure that your heating system is in good shape. Call an HVAC technician to come to your home to perform an inspection of your heating system and make any repairs that may be necessary.
You will also need to change your system’s air filter if you haven’t done so already. Try to check your filter every month and change it when it becomes too clogged with dust and dirt. The last thing you want is to have your heater die on you in the middle of January.
Check Your Weather Stripping
Weather stripping around your doors and windows will help keep cold air out of your home and warm air in, but not if it is cracked or peeling. Unfortunately, weather stripping has a tendency to do exactly that during a hot Arizona summer.
Go over every one of your windows and doors to make sure that the stripping is intact. If you feel a draft or notice that your stripping isn’t in great shape, fix it as soon as possible, preferably before the temperature starts to drop.
Keep an Eye on Your Awnings
Depending on the type of retractable awnings or shades you have for your home, you may not have to put them away during the winter. Having a weather awning might prove useful in keeping snow and ice away from your doors.
Still, there is only so much an awning can take before it starts to give way from too much ice and snow. Check your awnings regularly, and be prepared to brush snow off if it starts to weigh on them too heavily.