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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 makes sense for you all comes down to whether you like to use the heat a lot during cold snaps. If so, a heat pump might be worth considering. If you rarely run the heat, you may want to stick with your current A/C unit with heating capabilities.
The easiest way to heat your home is to use space heaters only when necessary and bundle up in blankets and jackets any other time. When it comes to keeping your home warm, don’t overlook the importance of good insulation. If your home isn’t properly insulated, warm air does and can leak out through your attic or windows.
No one wants to turn their heater on during the first coldfront of the season only to realize there’s something wrong with it. That’s why it’s important to have your heating unit serviced on a regular basis. Regular maintenance will ensure the heating component of your system continues to function as efficiently as possible, especially when you need it most. A central heating system is a good option to keep your Florida home warm during the winter. This type of system will keep each room at the temperature you need it to be, without a drastic raise in energy costs. You can also add a programmable thermostat to your central heating system, which will allow you to lower the temperature automatically at night or when you are not home. This will help to make your home more energy efficient.
All in all, consider how often you plan to run your heat. If you really plan to crank it because you live in a colder area, then consider getting a heating pump. If you only want to run the heat on the coldest of nights, I suggest running the heat through your AC unit or utilizing space heaters when you plan to be in a room for a little while to warm up. The best way to ensure you are saving the most money on your energy bill, you should book a free energy review today.