Beautiful spring weather is right around the corner, and we know you cannot wait for less rain and warmer days ahead. Before we get there, it’s important to remember that Portland still has widespread rain and cold temperatures predicted throughout February and early March.
To bridge the anticipation of spring weather with the last weeks of winter in Portland, Oregon, we’ve gathered a few tips you can use to keep your household comfortable for both seasons.
Enduring Late Winter Weather
While temperatures can soar as high as 50 degrees in February, there are still opportunities for Portland to see snow and ice this winter. For these days, you’ll need to make sure your furnace is fully operational so your home can stay warm and dry.
In addition to ensuring your furnace works well, here are some additional tips that homeowners in Portland should consider:
- Humidity In Your Home Should Be Balanced – Your home should be a dry sanctuary from the cold and damp outdoors, but it shouldn’t be so dry that it affects your sinuses. During the winter, it’s recommended to keep your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 40 percent.
- Give Yourself Lots Of Light – Winters in Portland can be tough because of the shorter days, rainy weather, and lack of sunshine. To combat the emotional effects of these elements, it’s important to brighten up the inside of your home during the day. It might not be a perfect replacement for the sunshine, but it can elevate your mood as you endure the last few weeks of winter.
- Consider A Smart Thermostat – Portland will start to see fewer cold and rainy days as we approach the spring and summer months. If you’re looking to save money as these temperatures rise and fall, then it might be worth it to invest in a smart thermostat. Adjust the temperature in your home, even when you’re away, to save on upcoming utility bills.
- Ensure All Windows And Doors Aren’t Leaking Air – If your home is losing warm air faster than it should, a leak might be to blame. Air leaks under old doors or windows can cost you hundreds of dollars each year in unnecessary utility costs. Routinely checking for these leaks can ensure your home stays comfortable and your bills remain consistent.
- Try To Get Outside When You Can – Even though the weather this time of year can be a drag, that doesn’t mean you should avoid going outside completely. A simple 20-minute walk can drastically improve your mood and allow you to enjoy the inside of your home even more. Make sure you also dress accordingly for current and future weather conditions.
Preparing For Portland’s Spring Weather
March 20th will be here before you know it. While this day symbolizes the first official day of Spring, you shouldn’t expect the weather to immediately shift to warmer and drier weather. Now is the perfect time to start planning for the sunny days ahead, slowly cleaning up your home from winter, and making sure you and your home are ready for the next two seasons.
- Install a new air filter if it has been 3 to 6 months since you last changed them.
- Dust and vacuum the inside of your home.
- Assess the outside of your home for snow, water, and ice damage.
- Inspect trees near your home that could cause damage during a storm or fire.
Schedule Maintenance With Roth
It’s the perfect time of year to get a head start on home maintenance. Make sure your home is ready for Portland’s best months of the year with an efficiently operating HVAC system. Roth Heating & Cooling has been inspecting heating and cooling systems for over 45 years.
Let our professionals thoroughly inspect and clean your system in preparation for Spring 2023. Contact our customer service team to schedule your appointment now.