In Florida, winter is the time where we can save money on our electric bills since we don’t have to run our air conditioner on a 24/7 bases. However, when we get those cold snaps that last for one to two weeks, our energy bills can begin to cost people hundreds of dollars a month. South Florida residents are desperate to find ways to save on heating their home during the winter months. One way to save money is by keeping your home at a lower temperature. Find out how you can save money and still stay warm this winter.
When You’re at Home
During the winter months, the outside temperature is usually in the low to mid 70’s. This makes it a very comfortable temperature for many homes. So that your heating and cooling system does not have to work as hard, try setting your thermostat in the low to mid 60’s when the outside temperature is in the low to mid 70’s. These temperatures will allow you to maintain and more efficient heating and cooling system for your home. The greater the temperature difference between your home and the air outside temperature, the harder your system will have to work.
When You’re Away
If you will be out of the home for 8 hours or more, set the thermostat on your air conditioning system back 10 or 15 degrees to see even more savings. If you’re only going to be gone for an hour or two, leave your thermostat where it is.
You can also save on heating at night when you’re asleep. Since you can pile on the blankets, you can feel warm even with the temperature set in the low 50s. If you have pets that sleep in your bed, that can also help. To take advantage of even greater energy savings, have a programmable thermostat installed. A programmable thermostat is a thermostat which is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day.
How to Feel Warmer
If you want to be able to turn down your heat a few more degrees this winter, there are many things you can do to stay warm and comfortable. Here are three things that you can easily implement:
- Keep all doors to all of the rooms in your home shut, so warm air can be concentrated in each room.
- Make sure all windows and doors are sealed so no cool air from the outside can come in.
- Use a portable electric fireplace in addition to your furnace.
Just some more tips for staying warm this winter from your friends at Romark A/C & Plumbing.