Prepare Your Home and HVAC System for Winter
We don't have too many truly cold days in Florida, but cooler temperatures do roll in and you are likely going to need to turn on the heat at some point. Take some time now to make your house and HVAC system energy efficient so you can stay comfortable on cold days and keep the warmth inside.
Check for leaks and drafts. This is the most obvious way heat will escape your home. Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows to prevent air from escaping. If you have a fireplace, close the damper when it's not in use. An open damper sucks out all the heat in a room. This makes your HVAC system work harder to keep your home comfortable which increases your energy bill.
Make sure the basic maintenance on your HVAC system has been done. Change air filters inside and vacuum out any debris stuck in the outside system. An HVAC technician can take care of these services for you as well as perform various tests and cleanings to make sure the system is working perfectly for the changing seasons. We've mentioned the many benefits of programmable thermostats in previous newsletters, but if you haven't gotten one yet, reconsider installing one to monitor the temperature in your home during the day.
If you can't achieve a comfortable temperature in your home or your energy bill just won't go down, consider installing a more efficient HVAC system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds ENERGY STAR certified systems to higher efficiency standards. Installing one of these HVAC systems will reduce your energy bill and is also environmentally friendly as it reduces carbon pollution.