Energy Saving Tips As Heating Season Winds Down

Despite the fact that winter in Florida isn’t nearly as severe as it is in other parts of the country, we can get storms, wind and periods of cool weather that make indoor heating a necessity. When an extended cold front settles in, many of us find it unusually chilly in the house, owing to the fact that most of our homes are built for continual hot weather and aren’t equipped to deal with the cold.
Running the heat can cause a spike in your energy bill, just as blasting the air conditioning during the relentlessness of summer can. As winter turns to spring, there are a lot of ways you can cut costs to make up for an extended period of heavy energy use:

  • Turn down the dial on your thermostat. For every degree you turn it down, you can save up to 5 percent on your energy costs.
  • Adjust your programmable thermostat, if you have one. During the more temperate spring weather, you probably won’t need to run your heater or your air conditioning all that much, at least until the hot and humid weather settles back in.
  • Audit your humidifier and dehumidifier usage. These appliances can be massive energy drains, and you should also ensure you’re using the correctly sized unit for your home.
  • Cut back your water heater’s thermostat setting. Your water heater can raise the temperature of your water higher than you’ll ever need it to go, and scaling it back can save you a lot of money. A permanent setting of 120 degrees is recommended to optimize energy savings.

Of course, the best way to enjoy energy savings is to make sure your system is running at peak efficiency. The professionals at Simpson Air have been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1999, and will be pleased to provide you with expert advice, repairs, service and maintenance.