Yes, Florida gets cold and yes, we have heating costs!
In Florida we experience what’s called “Florida cold”. That means we experience cold weather that perhaps is not quite as severe as our neighbors to the north, but we still get cold enough in the Sunshine State to warrant using our heaters. When that “Florida cold” hits, you want your heater to work. And you don’t want to spend a fortune on electricity costs to use your heater, even if you only use it a few times per year.
Here are a few tips to save money on heating costs if the “Florida cold” temperatures drop to less than desirable numbers:
Maybe it’s not THAT cold outside. And maybe northerners may scoff at what we Floridians consider to be cold. But don’t you think the cold outside will affect how cold it is inside your home? The indoor temperature of your home could drop to uncomfortable lows if you don’t have a working heater. And emergency repairs on damaged heaters can be very costly. Simply put, routine maintenance on your heating units will help you avoid costly repairs if done before you actually need to use the heater. Broken or malfunctioning heaters have also been known to cause home fires. So you don’t want to find yourself with a broken heater on a cold fall or winter night. Whether you think the Florida cold weather will actually make you want to turn on the heater, simple routine maintenance can ensure your heat pump works when you need it. And for the safety of you and yours, it’s best to have it checked before you ever need to fire it up.
We recommend setting your thermostat at around 70 degrees to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Setting your thermostat in the lower-to-mid 70s rather than firing up the heater will keep your indoor temperature comfortable. And it could save you up to 10-20% on your heating bills during the colder months. If the inside of your home is still too cold on a 70-degree setting, bring it up to 75 and only use your heater if the temperature inside drops to uncomfortable lows.
Traditional fiberglass insulation is an obsolete way to keep your home warm. Poor insulation, as well as worn-out or poorly installed ductwork and drafty windows and doors could raise your energy bills when you’re trying to heat up your home. Have you ever considered spray foam insulation? Unlike traditional insulation, spray foam insulation significantly lowers your energy costs for heating during the cold months, as well as for cooling during the summer months. Spray foam insulation has many benefits, including creating an airtight seal designed to keep indoor air in and outdoor air out.
Water heater energy consumption
What if you’re not using your AC or heating system during the colder months and your energy bills are still coming in high? The problem could be your water heater. Heating bills aren’t solely related to your HVAC system. Problems with or misuse of your water heater can result in very high energy bills.
According to the the Department of Energy, hot water heating can account for as much as 14-25 percent of your total home energy use. There are several ways to save money on heating costs from water heaters:
- Invest in a tankless water heater to reduce your energy bills by approximately 30%
- Insulate your water heater with a tank insulator
- Save 25%-50% by purchasing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
- Reduce hot water use by repairing leaks in fixtures, faucets and showerheads or pipes.
- Purchase energy efficient dishwashers and laundry machines
Make no mistake about it: Florida does get cold, even if it’s just “Florida cold”. For more ways to save money on energy costs and information on how the PACE program can help, give us a call at 1-844-949-7223 today!