It’s cold to us, dammit!
Northerners may scoff at the idea that Florida gets cold, but it does. At least to us! It’s what we call “Florida cold”. And this week Florida will be seeing weather in the 50s and even 40s in the northern part of the state. So now is as good a time as any to offer some tips on how to stay comfortable and safe, and save energy during Florida cold times.
While weather in the 50s and 40s may not seem that cold to some, outdoor cold affects indoor cold. So if your home is not insulated well or your heater is not working properly, the inside temperature of your home could drop to uncomfortable lows. To ensure your home stays comfortable inside when it’s cold outside, routine maintenance on your AC/heating system is advised at least twice a year. Because if that heater isn’t working properly when you need it, emergency heating repairs can be very costly.
On the other hand, routine maintenance will help you avoid costly repairs. It’s worth mentioning that broken or malfunctioning heaters have been known to cause home fires. Space heaters in particular are notoriously dangerous when it comes to fire hazards. You don’t want to find yourself with a broken heater on a cold night, even if it’s only Florida cold. Call us at 1-844-722-3374 to find out how we can help you with air conditioning and heating services.
Adjust Your Thermostat
It’s really a numbers game when it comes to your thermostat. Your air conditioning/heating system’s thermostat plays a vital role on how much you pay on monthly electric bills. For people who live in Florida, we recommend adjusting the thermostat in your home at around 70-75 degrees. Doing so could keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature and save you up to 10-20% on your heating bills during colder months.
Take Insulation into Consideration
Poor insulation can affect the indoor comfort of your home. So can faulty ductwork and drafty windows and doors, which could all raise your energy costs when you’re heating your home. Spray foam insulation is a fantastic way to dramatically reduce your energy costs for heating during the cold season and for cooling during the hot months. To find out more about our insulation services, including spray foam insulation and insulation removal, call us at 1-844-722-3374 today.
Could it Be Your Water Heater?
When Florida cold season happens, we typically don’t use our air conditioners nearly as much. And if it’s cold enough outside but not freezing, we may not even need our heaters. But if you’re in a time period when you’re not using your AC/heating system and still getting high energy bills, the problem could be your water heater. After all, heating costs don’t just stem from your heating system. Your water heater also contributes to heating costs. And your bills can become very costly due to problems with or misuse of your water heater.
According to 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 clothes washers
About Those Space Heaters
It might be too early into Florida Fall to start talking about space heaters. But we will be getting some Florida cold weather this week, so let’s just throw some information about them in here for good measure. As we mentioned before, space heaters are notorious for being unsafe and for being fire hazards. Before you use a space heater to stay warm, it’s good to keep some safety tips in mind.
First off, make sure children and pets keep safe distances away from your space heaters. Also ensure your space heater is on a level surface and keep flammable items at least 3 feet away. For added safety, your space heater should have a working automatic shutoff feature. Space heaters that have been tested bear a UL mark, so make sure to check that yours sports the label.
Turn your space heater off before you leave your house or office. Also, don’t use a space heater for anything other than heating up a room. In other words, don’t use it to warm bedding, dry clothes, cook food or anything other than what it’s intended for. Make sure not to place your space heater near drapes or anything else that’s flammable. Also make sure not to leave cords where people can trip over them. And perhaps most important of all, don’t run your space heater overnight.