Fall in Southwest Florida is a nearly perfect time of year, but when fall gives way to winter, employing a few strategies to increase energy savings lowers your heating bills and keeps you more comfortable.
Besides saving money on those cold days approaching, these strategies and steps will help you keep your house cooler during the summer.
Consider doing the following to button up your home for year-round comfort:
- Look for leaks around your exterior doors and window frames. Air coming in from the outside when you need heating or cooling can add to your HVAC system’s workload. Caulk around the windows, and apply weather stripping to the door frames.
- Turn off the bathroom and kitchen fans after you have vented the air. These fans can remove considerable conditioned air from your home.
- Clean or replace your furnace or air handler filters frequently. Dirty filters slow the air delivery through your ducts, causing the equipment to use more energy. The dust from dirty filters also decreases the life of your air conditioner and furnace.
- If your heating and air conditioning bills seem excessively high, even though you conserve energy in other areas, consider having your ductwork inspected. Over time, and even with new homes, the ducts can leak air, substantially driving up the cost of heating and cooling your home.
- Turn your thermostat down to 68 degrees in the winter.
- Most of the time Southwest Florida has ample sunshine for you to employ passive solar heating. Open your window coverings on your south- and west-facing windows to collect the warm sunshine indoors, closing the curtains or drapes after sunset.
- If you have a heat pump, check out the kind of thermostat you’re using. Unless it’s the kind that employs special switches, turning the heat down more than 2 degrees at night could cost you more money by triggering the auxiliary electric heating coil inside the appliance.
Contact us at Conditioned Air today. Serving Southwest Florida, we can help you increase energy savings and answer questions about your furnace or heat pump. We’re always happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.