Florida winters aren’t known to be terribly cold, but there are nights where heat is needed to stay warm. Improperly setting your thermostat can mean uncomfortable temperatures in your home and higher energy bills due to too much heat.
Properly Setting Your Thermostat Can Save You Money
Changing your thermostat by a single degree can affect the energy you use by nearly 10-12%! That can mean higher energy bills and more money out of your pocket. Setting your thermostat at the right temperature can keep you comfortable during the winter, and save you money.
So what is the right temperature? There are multiple answers:
- During the Day – 68°-72°. The most comfortable temperature range when someone is at home.
- At Night – 62-66°. When it’s time for bed, turn the thermostat down, bundling up at night can save you energy (and money).
Setting your thermostat at the right temperature can make a huge difference in your home’s energy bill this winter, but it isn’t the only thing. Using a ceiling fan and adding insulation can also lower your energy bill.
Use a Ceiling Fan and Check Your Insulation
It may seem counterintuitive to use a ceiling fan when temperatures begin to drop, but warm air rises to your ceiling. A fan can be a great way to move that air back down to your living space and keep you from turning up the heat.
Another reason you may be struggling to stay warm can be the fact that your home lacks sufficient insulation. Check your attic, walls, and the areas around your windows and doors. If you have holes through which outside air can enter your home, you’re forcing your heat pump to work overtime to keep your house warm. Look for opportunities to add extra insulation and use foam to seal up holes through which outside air may pass.
Consider Investing in a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature based on the time of day. They will efficiently and effectively adjust the temperature so that you save money.
Let Us Know How We Can Help
If you’re interested in a new thermostat or want to have your HVAC unit inspected in time for winter, we can help. Your comfort is our primary concern, and we can advise you on all your air conditioning questions.