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6 Ways to Stay Warm and Save on Heating in Florida Winters

6 Ways to Stay Warm and Save on Heating in Florida Winters
When it comes to weather, Florida is a funny place. Even in the HVAC industry, lots of locals spend most of the year not thinking twice about the heater. Some years, winter might seem to pass right by. But when temperatures drop below 70 – BRRRR! 55 degrees can seem pretty fierce, especially at night.
Primarily from December through February, Florida heating units get quite a workout. This can lead to the bad kind of holiday surprise: A spike in electric costs that won’t leave you feeling jolly. Luckily, there are ways to remain warm and toasty while keeping bills under control.

Use these quick, simple options to keep comfortable until February rolls around.

1. Keep an Eye on Your Windows
Winter isn’t all bad news! In fact, many people love having the opportunity to give their trusty AC a rest during the day. The most common way to do this, of course, is by opening windows and doors until nightfall. Forgetting to close them – or to close them all the way – is the scourge of Florida homeowners who realize too late that they are heating the back yard.

But that’s not the only hazard your windows can present. It’s time to give them a good look: Are there any cracks? Noticeable warping? Windows need to maintain a tight seal to support your residential HVAC system in delivering the temperatures you want. A modest investment in window repairs can help you reap benefits all through the year, not just in winter.

2. Consider New Insulation
High-quality insulation has the dual effect of keeping homes warm in the summer and cool in the winter. Adding new insulation to your whole home is a long-term project, of course, but multi-story homes can get the most oomph from insulation by putting it in the attic. Warm air escapes an otherwise sound structure by rising upward, causing your heater to work harder.

3. Discover the Joy of Cooking
Running the oven isn’t a great long-term solution to winter chills – your heater is both more economical and more eco-friendly – but if you’ve been looking for an excuse to practice your culinary skills, there’s no better time. You can enjoy yourself and stay warm, too. Winter is the perfect time for this, since no one wants to stand around a hot oven or stove when it’s over 90 degrees outside.

4. Add Rugs to Tile and Wood Flooring
Whereas heat is most likely to escape a building from the top, it often escapes people from the bottom – the feet, that is. Rugs can make a space more inviting while helping it resist heat loss. You’ll feel warmer and more satisfied with a lower heater setting.

5. Replace Your HVAC Filters
Most Florida homes have a combination heating and cooling system. Depending on how yours is setup, you may need to replace or wash out filters. Filters help you achieve better air circulation, so you reach and maintain your target temperature more quickly. This is one key to winter HVAC maintenance.

6. Calibrate Your Thermostat
Your thermostat won’t send you a postcard when it stops working correctly: More likely, it’ll quietly get less accurate with time, leaving you to unravel the mystery by paying close attention to its performance. A new thermostat can return efficiency to an older system.
Florida winters are short, so enjoy them while they last!

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