It’s officially winter here in Florida, which can mean chilly temperatures, frost, and bleak weather. On these days, you likely want to stay curled up in the comfort of your own home. However, if you have made any of these common heating mistakes, you may not be feeling too comfortable in your home. Particularly here in the Sunshine State where we don’t use our heating systems too often, homeowners often make mistakes that can negatively impact their carbon footprint, energy bill, and comfort level. Fortunately, we have put together a list of these blunders so you can avoid them and make the most out of your heating system.
Neglecting Your Heating Unit in Warmer Months
In the blazing heat and high humidity, you probably don’t give your boiler a second thought during the spring and summer. However, your heating unit needs maintenance all year long, not just when you need it in the winter. This doesn’t mean you need to get your unit serviced the same amount as you do in the colder months; it just means that every couple of months, you should clean it and turn it on to make sure it is still functioning properly. At North Central Florida Heating and Air, we can help you develop a more specific plan for your needs.
Especially in older houses, it’s common to experience a cold draft or two. You may respond by throwing on a sweater and moving on with your day because, after all, what’s the big deal? Actually, all those drafts are increasing the amount of work your heating unit has to put in to make your house more comfortable, which will show up in your energy bills. If you are proactive about drafts, you can save money and get more out of your HVAC system.
You may be able to easily find some drafts, such as those coming from under the door. However, some will be a little more difficult to pinpoint, and you will need to locate them and seal them. The most common places for drafts are basements, attics, windows, and chimneys. Even lighting fixtures and electrical outlets can cause drafts. One way to find a draft is to light a candle and watch for the flame flickering.
Raising the Temperature Too High
Many people respond to feeling cold in their home by turning up their thermostat. However, this can cause unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. Set your thermostat to the temperature that is usually most comfortable for you, throw on a sweatshirt, and wait for it to heat up. Take it easy on your HVAC system to avoid the need for frequent heating repair.
Lowering the Temperature Too Low
On the flip side, some people choose to lower the temp at night or when they are away from home. This is a bad idea because once you turn the heat up, your unit has to work overtime to warm your cold home. You can lower the temperature at night, but do so cautiously so that your home doesn’t becomes cold enough that your heating system has to overcompensate.
Keeping Light Out
During the summer, it’s a good idea to keep your curtains drawn to keep your home cool. In winter, it’s the opposite; keeping your curtains drawn allows natural sunlight to filter in and warm your home. To best use this strategy, keep your curtains open during the day, then close them at night to retain the warmth. For best results, you can install double-glazed windows which offer twice the insulation as traditional windows.
Heating your home in efficient ways is best method to maximize your comfort, lower your energy costs, and carbon footprint. Follow these tips and it will be much easier to heat your home effectively. If you need heating and cooling services in Gainesville, contact us today!