Winter is the time of year when you ease back on using your
air conditioner. Florida weather can make an AC necessary in all seasons, but
the mild winter temperatures mean you won’t have to spend so much money on
electricity to power the air conditioner to maintain comfort.
However, you’ll have to pay for heating. Your central
heating system won’t get a winter workout the way northern states do, but it
will still need to run during the season and pay for its operation.
But chances are that you’re paying too much for heat. Because we’re less familiar with heating systems here in Florida, it’s common for people to make mistakes with their central heaters that lead to unnecessary price hikes. As an HVAC company in Deerfield Beach, FL, we know several ways to cut down on the cost of winter heating.
Understand the best thermostat settings
Setting the thermostat too high during winter is probably
the most common error people make with their heating. If the house feels cold,
you may push the thermostat to around 78°F, which is an energy-saving setting
during the summer. It’s not an energy saver in the winter, however. We
recommend a setting of 68°F, which is a comfortable temperature for most people
indoors, and one that won’t force the heater to run too often. During the night
when people are asleep, lower the setting another 8°F.
Regularly change the air filter
Do you change the air filter on the HVAC system regularly
during the summer? If you do, that’s good. But you need to continue to change
the filter during the winter. If you have to change the filter each month
during the summer, the frequency may drop to every other month or once every
three months in winter—but it still needs to be done at least once during the
season. A clogged filter places extra strain on a furnace or heat pump that raises
Put the ceiling fans to their alternate use
Ceiling fans are common in Florida homes because they help
significantly with cooling people down in hot weather and reducing AC bills. Those
fans also have a use in winter if they’re run the opposite direction. Look at
the ceiling fan from below as it spins. It the blades turn counterclockwise, it’s
in standard summer mode. Flip the toggle switch on the base of the fan, and the
blades will start turning clockwise. This is the winter mode. Now the fan will circulate
the warm air that collects at the top of a room to create a more even
distribution of heat and less reliance on the heating system.
Clean off the room vents
Don’t leave the room vents to become dusty. Dust is an
insulator that blocks proper heating from the vents (not to mention a nasty source
of allergens). Use a damp rag to wipe down all the room vents. Also make sure
no room vents are blocked by furniture, rugs, or anything else.
Need help with better heating? Call First Response Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. We have the coolest customers in town!