Florida weather has been unpredictable this winter. Some nights you sleep under five blankets for warmth and in the morning turn on the ceiling fan to cool off. Using a heater in winter isn’t common practice for a Floridian. It’s still up in the air whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhogs Day.
Since we don’t know whether spring is coming early or how long we have to endure this cold spell. These tips we’ve come up with, will not only keep you warm, but help you conserve energy and save money.
Maintain Clean Air Filters
Did you know that a dirty filter could increase your energy cost? If you use the heat on a regular basis, it’s important that you change out the air filter in your heater once a month—some need to just be switched every three months. Seasonal safety inspections are also ideal to assure that your equipment doesn’t have any early problems forming, which will result in a long-lasting heating unit.
Lower Your Thermostat
Make it a habit to set your thermostat to around 68 degrees, or a temperature that makes you feel comfortable. It’s also advised to reduce the degree your electric water heater is set on, and change it to anywhere between 120 and 140 degrees. In lowering the electric water heater thermostat, also try to limit your usage of hot water—it’ll definitely be of huge benefit.
Keep A Tight Seal
Keeping open your window to let in some fresh air may seem like such a great idea, but in actuality, it’s not benefiting your heating system at all. Instead, seal up all your windows, doors, and any place in your house where chilly outside air can seep in, and the warm inside air can escape. During these cold snaps, putting plastic over windows or doors that aren’t being used, serves as a huge benefit to keeping your house nice and toasty.
Turn Off Unused Vents
You know that guest bedroom that maybe gets used once every year? Shut off vents in the rooms you’re never in and seal off doors to the rooms you rarely go in—the few times you utilize the rooms, re-open the vents. This will be a huge help to your heating system because it’s saving extra effort it has to put in to keep the rest of your place warm.