The temperature has finally cooled down a bit following another long, hot Florida summer. And while our region may not exactly be known for its harsh winters, we do experience frequent sharp fluctuations in temperature that affect the comfortability of your home. The problem is, adjusting your home thermostat frequently to accommodate these temperature changes can be quite costly (as you’ve likely noticed when viewing your recent energy bills!). To help our clients battle this frustration, the Bounds Heating & Air team has compiled a few tips to help you save money this season.
Routine Unit Test
Just as it is recommended to test your system prior to the scorching summer months, it’s also important to schedule maintenance prior to Florida’s coldest months. Your heating unit has been sitting unused for months, it may have acquired damage, or it may take longer for the system to properly adjust. Getting your heating system tested ahead of time allows you to address unit problems well before outdoor temperatures drop below freezing.
Monitor Your Thermostat
One of the most important money saving tips when it comes to conserving energy expenses during the winter is to monitor your thermostat. Setting your thermostat to one temperature all day and night is a sure way to waste energy. With the constant outdoor temperature changes during Florida winters, you are likely using unneeded energy if you keep your thermostat at one constant setting. Instead, conserve energy by turning your thermostat setting down 10-15 degrees when you are away from home. Another great way to moderate energy use is by installing a programmable thermostat. Many smart thermostats available on the market, including the Nest Learning Thermostat, make it possible to monitor temperatures conveniently from your smartphone or tablet. This means you can control temperatures even when on-the-go!
Check Your Windows and Doors
Did you know that the age of your home could potentially lead to increases in your energy bill? Over time, window and door seals begin to wear down causing outdoor temperatures to leak inside. Before the coldest weeks hit, homeowners should check windows and doors for drafts and air flow that could lead to a loss of heat in your home. If you experience drafts, it is recommended to purchase draft sealers, curtains, and to invest in new framings to keep costs down.
Along with following these helpful energy-saving tips, it is also essential to maintain your HVAC system year-round to obtain optimal performance and cost savings. Bounds Heating & Air provides convenient, full-service preventive maintenance programs to help keep you up and running efficiently. If you’d like to schedule maintenance, or if you have questions about your HVAC system, give us a call today (352) 290-3370!