It’s been a cold few weeks, Southwest Florida! Although we won’t be shoveling snow anytime soon, the cold can get the best of us “warm blooded” Floridians. That means many of us have headed inside, bundled up under blankets, and fired up our central heater in hopes of trying to find some relief from the cold and comfort in the warmth. For many people, this may mean a pretty sizeable jump in their energy costs, which could lead to some sticker shock when the bill arrives in the mail. In this blog, our team discusses five of the best ways to stay warm, while also keeping money in your pocket!
The sun is the best source of heat out there, and here in Florida, we get plenty of it, even on our coldest days! While winter air may have you shivering and looking for an extra jacket, the sun may still be able to keep your home a little warmer. This is because the radiated heat from the sun can still penetrate your windows, warming your home will keeping the cold air outside where it belongs. Take advantage of the friendly fireball in the sky!
This is probably the most obvious way to save money this winter, but people overlook it all the time! That’s because it seems counter-intuitive to think that turning your thermostat down can actually help during the most frigid winter days, but you may be wasting money on heat you don’t need. Break out some sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other warm clothing, and bundle up and you shouldn’t need to set your thermostat very high at all to obtain comfort.
Fun fact: the World Health Organization has revised their “perfect temperature” setting to 61 degrees, which should keep you warm in winter with the help of a few extra layers of clothes. Setting your thermostat down at this level could cut your energy bill by 10% or more!
You’ve just come in from the frigid cold outside, you’re itching for warmth, and the first thing you think of is to sit down in your favorite chair with a heater pointed straight at you. While this might feel amazing, your body, clothes, and even the chair itself are actually absorbing the heat that could be used to warm your entire home! As a result, you’re going to spend more on your heating bills because the heater has to produce so much extra heat to compensate for the loss caused by you and your chair blocking it.
Do a little re-arranging and make sure to keep your floor vents clear in order get maximum heating in your house. This means moving all chairs, tables, and other furniture away from heating vents they could be blocking, especially those located on lower walls or the floor of your home.
Your heating and air conditioning systems are a lot like a car: the better care you take of it, the longer it’ll last and the better it will function. A well-maintained car will not only serve you better for many extra years, but it’ll also be more fuel-efficient and have more power. The same principal can be applied to your heater and air conditioner: having it maintained by a Naples HVAC services professional can help it run at its absolute best, last the longest, and run as efficient as possible.
Be proactive and get your system inspected and maintained once for heating season (in mid to late Autumn) and once for cooling season (in early to mid-spring). Getting this service done before having to fire up either of these systems for the first time of the year can help prevent any possible breakdowns from inactivity and ensure you save the most money in the long run. Also, always test your heater prior to the heating season—dirty coils could have dust and debris that must burn off, and your blower motor may need maintenance before running your heater full-time.
Florida Cool, Inc. can provide you with these maintenance and inspection services in order to get your heater and air conditioner ready for these peak-usage seasons. We proudly offer an Energy Saving plan for Full Comprehensive Maintenance in order to ensure your system is running properly and in good condition for peak usages seasons.
Don’t wait; schedule your service today! Call Florida Cool, Inc. at (239) 260-4447 to request an estimate or book your in-home service now.
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