Here in Florida, we’re blessed with warm weather and sunny skies. Indeed, we don’t experience the same extreme winter freeze as other parts of the country, but as soon as the temperature dips down to 65 degrees, we’re running to crank up our thermostats. Since our HVAC systems have to work so hard to keep us feeling fresh in the spring, summer, and even fall, a break on our utility bill would be nice. Unfortunately, heating a home costs more money than any other system. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, it makes up about 42% of your utility bill.
At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, we have been providing our customers with solutions to all their comfort needs since 1983. With the hacks from our pros, you’ll be able to lower your heating costs, all while staying warm and comfortable.
Service your furnace
Get your heater inspected before it’s too late. Annual maintenance is essential if you want your HVAC system working at peak performance, and it helps you cut down on repair costs in the long run! At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, we’ll make sure your furnace is performing efficiently, so you’re not wasting any energy or money. You can also replace or change your furnace’s air filter, which will make sure air is flowing through without any obstructions. A dirty filter means your furnace has to work extra hard to deliver the desired temperature, which is why this regular maintenance is so important.
Use the bubble wrap trick
Your windows are one of the biggest areas where heat is lost, which is why insulation is key. If you’re looking for an easy, quick, and affordable fix, gather some bubble wrap. Cut out a piece the size of your window frame, lightly spray water on the glass, and place the bubble wrap on top. While this method isn’t as fool-proof as professional insulation or the most attractive, the plastic helps the sunlight enter your home and keep the warmth inside. So, it gets the job done temporarily!
Switch the direction of your fan
Do you remember being taught that warm air rises in elementary school? Take advantage of that lesson and apply it to lower your heating costs! If your home has ceiling fans, you can use them in the winter to help keep you warm, so long as they spin in a clockwise manner. Switching the direction will push the warm air down while dispersing it throughout the rest of the room.
Place rugs on your hardwood floors
Are the hardwood floors freezing your toes off every morning? When the cold season comes, we bundle up, and your floors need the same treatment! Alright, they don’t NEED them, but it will make your strolls easier and more comfortable.
Test for air leaks
As we mentioned before, windows can be a significant source of heat loss. You want to make sure that none of your precious, not to mention expensive, warm air is escaping through unseen cracks. Check your home for leaks by lighting a candle and holding it up to a window frame. If you notice the flame flicker, you’ve found an air leak that needs to be covered. Luckily, weatherstripping or caulking can cover it up, so the heat remains where it should— indoors.
Let the natural light stream in
One of the easiest ways to lower your heating bill is to let the light shine in! Open the blinds on south-facing windows to capture that natural warmth on sunny days. Don’t forget to close the blinds once the sun sets to keep that free heat inside.
Upgrade your thermostat
Consider upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat. The advanced technology behind smart thermostats gives them the ability to adjust the temperature at optimal times for maximum savings. A study done by Nest found that their thermostats saved families an average of 10% to 12% on their heating and 15% on cooling costs. These cutbacks are especially helpful for us in Florida with soaring air conditioning expenses in the summer! If you’ve been resistant to making the switch, we’ve written the blog “5 Things to Know Before Investing in a Smart Thermostat” that might help convince you.
Brew a hot beverage
While sipping on a hot drink doesn’t directly lower your heating costs, it will still make you feel toasty inside! We recommend turning down the thermostat at night for extra savings, so sipping on decaffeinated tea can help you feel cozy before you hit the hay.
Seal your chimney flue
There’s no better feeling than cozying up by the fireplace with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Just remember to close the chimney flue once the fire is out or else cold air will find its way inside your home.
Switch up your bedsheets
While your thin blanket may be comfortable for the rest of the season, it’s time to bundle up! Flannel sheets, fleece blankets, and down comforters are much more effective at keeping you warm than other products.
Use your oven
If you’re in the baking mood, crack open your oven door after you finish using it. The warmth from the oven will spread around the kitchen, plus your home will smell amazing from the baked goods!
Get a free home energy audit
At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, we understand that no one wants to pay more for electricity and fuel than necessary. That is why our team has set up an energy audit department specifically designed to help homeowners reduce their energy usage. Here’s what you can expect from our free home energy audit:
A report on the condition and efficiency of all your home’s major systems, including air conditioning, water heating, space heating, heat distribution, and electricity.
A report on the existing insulation and air leakage levels throughout the house.
Detailed recommendations on what improvements to make, as well as free estimates for all the recommended improvements.
Our Building Performance Institute-qualified technicians use an approach proven to reduce our homeowners’ annual utility bills by as much as 20% or more.
Contact Mid-Florida Heating & Air
We’re the Gainesville energy experts at your service. Whether you’re interested in getting HVAC maintenance, heating insulation, or a free home energy audit, you can rely on us. As your trusted technicians, we promise to complete all upgrades and inspections in a timely, non-disruptive, and efficient manner.
Ready to start maximizing on savings? Contact us online or call us at (352) 310-0022!