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Cost to Heat a Florida Home

Florida is known for its tropical weather; it’s even nicknamed the “Sunshine State.” Because of this, we’re usually more focused on making sure our air conditioners are ready to power through the hotter seasons. However, our weather still dips down low enough where it’s crucial to have a fully-functioning heater. Since you’re paying so much to cool your home, you might be wondering what it costs to heat it. Every household is different, so we don’t have the exact answer for you, but we do have the next best thing. In today’s blog, our experts at Mid-Florida Heating & Air go over the different components that make up your gas bill.

Efficiency

Our air conditioners are vital, especially with our hot, humid climate; but, ignoring furnace maintenance can end up costing you big bucks. When your system works inefficiently, it eats away at unnecessary energy. This is why we recommend a high-quality furnace with regular inspections. Your furnace’s fuel also plays a significant role when it comes to your expenses. You’ll typically find that gas furnaces are more efficient than their oil counterparts.

Thermostat settings

Your thermostat can have a big impact on your utility bill. Have you been maximizing the savings with optimal settings? The U.S. Department of Energy states that households can save up to 15% just by scaling back their thermostats 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours. This may seem like a long time, but try doing this the next time everyone is out at work or sleeping.

Your home’s insulation

You should also consider how well your home is insulated when looking at your gas bill. Typically, older homes have poor insulation and are more susceptible to air leaks. This lost air can add up, so it’s important to have a well-insulated home. At Mid-Florida, our pros will make sure to identify any problem areas and the most effective solution.

Size of your home

There’s no one size fits all bill, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that expenses vary greatly based on the size of your home. With a small apartment, your monthly utility bill will be around $100, while a homeowner should expect to pay around $400.

Final thoughts

With all this in mind, Move found that the average gas bill in Florida totals to $117.57. At Mid-Florida, we understand that you don’t want to pay more than necessary on your utility bill. We offer free home energy audits to help you conserve energy usage and save money. You can request one by filling out our contact form online or by giving us a call at (352) 310-0022.

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