Winter months mean colder temperatures, and as the thermometer drops, utility
bills rise as more and more Florida residents fire up their furnaces to
try and stay comfortable. While high-efficiency furnaces and regular maintenance
can help you save money, the fact of the matter is that your furnace and
air conditioner use the most energy of any device in your home. So one
of the best ways to save money on your utility bills is a simple one:
run your heater and air conditioner less often.
When it comes to your heating, this is easier than you think. Here are
a few ways you can keep your home warm and comfortable while running your
heater less often.
Close Off Air Leaks
Air leaks are one of the single biggest wallet-sappers your home can have.
These small cracks allow warm, treated air from inside to escape outside
and be replaced with cold, uncomfortable air. As a result, your heater
has to run more often, you’re less comfortable, and overall winter
is a lot more miserable. Generally, air leaks are pretty simple to spot,
especially if you know where to look. Start with the gaps around your
doors and windows. Weather stripping that is a few years old should be
replaced as it will likely have grown old, cracked, and no longer forms
the tight seal you need. Likewise, check around your doors and windows
for any cracked seals or caulking. Simply replacing the caulk can do wonders
when it comes to saving you money on your utility bills.
Check Your Insulation
Would you believe that the overwhelming majority of American homes do
not have adequate insulation installed? Insulation is material placed in your
walls, ceiling, or near any other wall that separates the inside of your
home from the outside to ensure you don’t lose heat. However, insulation
that has gotten wet or been damaged in other ways isn’t going to
be able to trap the heat like you need it to. Older insulation can also
wear out and need replaced.
The first and arguably most important place you should check for insulation
is in your attic; more often than not the deck and underlayment of your roof is
not fitted with insulation that keeps the warm air in your home from escaping
out through the roof. Attic insulation is also the most prone to being
water damaged by rainfall and leaks in your roof. Furthermore, the floor
of your attic should also be insulated, as should any gaps in your ceiling
such as vents and lighting receptacles.
Use the Sun
The sun is nature’s heater, so use it to your advantage! During the
day, shut your lights off and open your window shades to allow warm, bright
sunlight to pour in! The sun’s rays will penetrate through your
window, increasing temperatures, while the window itself keeps the cold
air from outside out where it belongs. Then when night falls, shut your
curtains and blinds again to further insulate your cold windows from the
rest of your home and block heat from escaping.
Fire is Your Friend
Candles serve two purposes during the frigid winter months: get rid of
odors that can develop when your doors and windows stay shut for such
a long period of time, and warm the air in your home. Burning multiple
candles at the same time can not only help your home smell pleasant again,
but can also increase in-home temperatures by several degrees.
The same can be said for a fire. If you have a hearth or fireplace, toss
in a log, open the flue, and enjoy the natural, effective warmth that
one of nature’s purest forms of heat can provide. Running your fireplace
can effectively warm most of, if not your entire home for the cost of
mere pennies compared to running your heater for an hour or more.
If you need a heater repair or replacement, don’t wait! Reach out
to the Palm Beach County heating and cooling experts from Phoenix Air
Conditioning, LLC today! Dial (888) 660-4337 to
request a service appointment.