You know how it goes. You post on social media about how cold it is here in Florida and immediately your Northern friends and family give you a hard time about it. But let’s be honest. I can get VERY cold here, even if just for a day or so. And while we probably know all the tips and tricks to keep our homes cool we thought you might have a few questions about and staying warm:
Q: If I have a fireplace, should I turn off my heater when I have a fire going?
A: No. But you might want to turn the heater down a few degrees. If you turn it off completely, chances are that you will put out the fire, head to bed in a cold bedroom, and realize you need to crank up the heat. So now your ducts and your rooms are cold and your heater will have to work extra hard to bring the temperature up to where you want it. The most energy-efficient strategy is to keep your heat on, even if a few degrees lower, while you’re using the fireplace.
Q: Should I use space heaters instead of my central heat?
A: Space heaters should be used to supplement your central heating since they are designed to heat small spaces. If you’re planning to use most of your home or have multiple people at home, central heat is your most efficient option. However, if you plan to stay in one room for a long period of time (such as a home office), we suggest turning down the central heat a few degrees and plugging in a space heater in the room you plan to stay in. Be sure the heater is in good shape with no defects in the cord and place the unit away from furniture, curtains, and walls. Here are a few more safety tips for electric space heaters.
Q: What temperature should I set my thermostat to on a cold day?
A: Most experts agree that 68 is the optimal temperature to set your thermostat to on a cold day. And you should bump it down a few degrees at night and put an extra blanket on your beds. This will increase efficiency. In fact, did you know that heating your home uses more energy than any other system in your house?
Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 29% of your utility bill.US Department of Energy
So as we enter into our coldest months here in Florida, be sure to be smart about heating your home. If your heater isn’t heating your home properly, smells funny, or makes strange noises, get in touch. We would be glad to send out a technician to get everything working correctly.