Bud’s Tips

These tips originated from our own Bud Kemperman who has faithfully contributed his ideas since moving to Harbour Towne. Others have added their ideas. To add yours, please contact the Website Manager.

Winter Tips for Everybody

  • Turn water supply valve off for any absences over 3 days.
  • Remove and drain garden houses, make sure faucets are turned off.
  • Remove food from refrigerator/freezer units in the garage. (When temperatures in the refrigerator drops, around 40 degrees, the compressor stops running and the freezer temperature rises to match the refrigerator.
  • Monitor humidistat setting and decrease percentage of moisture as it gets colder to eliminate window fogging.
  • Remove and store window and door screens in the fall. Clean and reinstall in the spring.
  • Use a stiff push broom, ice scraper, shovel, and squeegee to clean garage floor of water, ice, and snow.
  • Use a 5-gallon bucket (with lid) to store rock salt. Use a coffee can to scoop and shake on walkways and porch.

Winter Tips for Snowbirds

  • Alert your neighbors that you’ll be gone and to suspect any uninvited visitors.
  • Notify TV/Internet service providers to qualify for lower vacation rates.
  • Cancel all delivered newspapers.
  • Set water heater to vacation setting (or lower temperature).
  • Set thermostat at 55 degrees. Make sure all heat registers and doors are open.
  • Dispose of perishables from pantry, refrigerator, and freezers.
  • Open doors to cabinets under sinks so warm air can circulate around pluming.
  • Alert your immediate neighbors that you’ll be gone so they can question any uninvited visitors.
  • Notify TV/Internet service providers to qualify for lower vacation rates.
  • Notify the Management Company of emergency contacts while you’re away.
  • Update your mailing address with the Management Company or the Post Office. Make accommodations so your mail doesn’t pile up in your mail box.
  • Leave extra light bulbs with a neighbor who can replace burned out bulbs on your garage. Fluorescent bulbs, equivalent to 60-watt are recommended.
  • Unplug your garage door opener (unless your keypad is the only method of entry for emergencies).
  • Turn water supply valve off for any absences over 3 days.
  • Arrange to have someone periodically check the inside of your unit for temperature control and water damage to ceilings or walls.
  • For absences over 4 months, have someone occasionally pour a little water in drains and toilets to avoid sewer gas that may backup

HVAC  & Safety Tips

  • Replace 4-inch wide furnace filters annually or 60-90 days for 1-inch style.
  • Have furnace and water heater inspected annually.
  • Replace humidifier pads annually. Disinfect every 30 days with dish soap and bleach to discourage bacteria and mold.
  • Check humidifier water-supply valve to make sure it’s fully ope
  • Test smoke detectors and replace back-up batteries every other year (or when they beep!).