Cold Weather in Florida: The Best Way To Heat A Florida Home

Cold Weather in Florida: The Best Way To Heat A Florida Home

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When the weather outside is frightful, never fear. You can heat your home efficiently and still save money. Most Florida homes, like yours, have a straight cool air conditioner with a built-in heating element for space heating, also known as “heat strips.” These systems are good for keeping your home cool during our hot Florida days and nights, but are less efficient at heating if the weather cools down. In fact, you spend two to three times more whenever you run the heat with your A/C system.

On the other hand, if you want to potentially save up to $75 dollars, then consider using a heat pump during the winter months. They are most efficient for colder areas of the state and if you run your heat in the winter often. Some areas of the state, like Fort Myers, can have chilly days. So, whether or not a heat pump Continue reading

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The Best A/C Settings for Snowbirds

The Best A/C Settings for Snowbirds

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As a snowbird, you don’t really need or want to run your AC unit when it isn’t necessary or for too long when you aren’t there. You want your house to stay cool but you don’t want to pay for high energy bills in the house you live in up north and the house you live in here in Florida. So what do you set your AC at to keep the house cool but not too cool when you aren’t around?

First consider what type of thermostat you have because the perfect setting varies depending on thermostat type you own. For manual thermostats, the perfect setting is about 77 degrees if you live in a condo and 80 degrees if you live in a house. This setting will prevent mold growth in your home without making your energy bill go way, way up and making you have to take out a loan just to pay it.

For programmable thermostats, or a snowbird’s best Continue reading

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