Heating a Florida Home
While we Floridians don’t have to lug out snow tires and big puffy coats every year like our friends in the north do, the winter season can still bring a change in weather and a chill to our homes. It may surprise you to know that there is more you can do to keep your home heated than simply turning up the thermostat.
As you spend more time indoors and dream of the sunny days ahead, our team is here to help you keep warm at home this season. Here are some of our hottest tips for your Florida winter.
Every bit of warm air coming from your heater is important on a cold day. The cracks and crevices of your home which allow that precious air to escape are adding dollars and cents to your monthly energy bill and making your HVAC work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
Give your unit a hand by insulating your home well. Add insulation to your attic, exterior walls, and crawl spaces. It’s also a good idea to make sure the seals on your doors and windows aren’t allowing air to escape. If this is the case, head to the hardware store and pick up a pack of weather strips. These are easily installable and will give you the seal you need for winter.
Here are a few other small insulation projects which go a long way:
- New door sweeps
- Insulated or thick curtains
- Door snakes
- Window film
A lot of homeowners stress about the added energy costs that come with heating a home during the winter months. But there are several ways you can cut those costs and still feel comfortable at home. One of those ways is with a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats allow you to program your heating and cooling schedule to fit your lifestyle. If the whole family is gone at school and work for the day, program it to lower the temperature for those 8 hours and raise the temperature just before your workday is done. This way, you’ll come home to a warm house, but you won’t have to pay for that extra heat during the day.
As you can imagine, this saves a ton of energy and could even help extend the life of your HVAC.
Keep Up With Maintenance
One of the best ways to keep warm without paying through the nose every month is to keep up with regular HVAC maintenance. Just like your car, an HVAC requires servicing every so often to keep in shape and continue running.
Inspect your ductwork ahead of the winter months to check for leaks and cracks. This damage could make for a costly heating season if left unrepaired. Call in a professional to make these repairs and to give your ductwork a cleaning.
We recommend that every household have an HVAC tune-up before the height of the heating and cooling seasons. By scheduling these appointments twice a year, you’ll help decrease the chance of a mid-season breakdown when you need your system the most. At these appointments, our technicians will check for existing damage, change air filters, recommend new parts of replacements if needed, and give the unit an overall fresh start for the season.
HVAC Team in Destin, FL
Are you ready to set your home up for the cold winter season? Make the Executive Air Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration team your first call! Our technicians can help get your system in great condition and set you up for a successful season. Contact us at (850) 220-2001 or online to get started today!