As the weather cools off, it is time to think about fall and winter maintenance for your Florida home. Here are some steps to lower your energy bills, protect your home from stormy weather, and keep your family as comfortable as possible over the next few months.
REPROGRAM YOUR THERMOSTAT
One of the best ways to save money on your energy bills is to change your thermostat’s settings two or three times a year. Most specialists suggest that families lower their thermostat by ten or fifteen degrees during the winter months to around 68. Changing your thermostat by even a single degree for eight hours a day can reduce your energy consumption by one percent.
REVERSE YOUR CEILING FANS
Your ceiling fans actually play a big role in your home’s climate during the winter. During the summer, fans should spin counterclockwise to push cool air down. As for the winter, changing your fan to spin clockwise will actually pull cold air up, push it to the side, and force the warm air that has collected near the ceiling down.
UNPLUG UNNECESSARY APPLIANCES
Many families do not realize that appliances will continue to draw a small amount of energy from an electricity outlet even if they are turned off. In order to avoid these phantom loads, you should unplug any appliances that you will not be using for the winter. This might include box fans or even an extra refrigerator.
CHECK YOUR INSULATION
Insulation in your attic and crawlspaces is designed to keep your home at a consistent temperature. Inadequate insulation or insulation that has been damaged will force your HVAC system to work much harder. This is why homeowners should check their insulation at least twice a year. If the floor joists in your attic are visible, then it is time to add some extra insulation.
SCHEDULE AN HVAC SERVICE CALL WITH HOWARD SERVICES
Finally, homeowners can contact the friendly staff here at Howard Services to have their HVAC system serviced and prepped for the winter months. One of our experienced technicians will ensure that your system is working as smoothly and efficiently as possible no matter the weather. www.howardserviceshvac.com