If you live in a cold climate, it is necessary to heat your home. It is a good thing Southwest Florida only has a few days of cooler weather. So, when the heat does get turned on, it is common to feel a hit on your wallet.
The good news? To help you with that monetary hit, here are a few tips to use less energy and save on your monthly bill.
Add Extra Insulation
Sometimes, it helps to beef up your existing insulation, especially if you live in an older home. To ensure your house is properly insulated and sealed, look at your walls, windows, floors, and ceilings. Do you feel any drafts in those locations?
If so, you might need to invest in having a company come out to provide you with a quote to properly insulate those areas. Sometimes you can spray foam in those unwanted gaps or use caulk strips to seal them. However, this is considered a quick fix and will get you through the few days of winter here in Southwest Florida.
Turn the Thermostat Down
This is the easiest and one of the best ways to save on your bill. As cold as it might get, sometimes you’ll just need to bundle up and put on those extra layers! If you are out during the day, consider turning your heat down.
Installing a programmable thermostat will make it easier when it comes to adjusting the temperatures in your home too. If you are looking to upgrade your thermostat, give our team a call, and we’d be happy to upgrade you to a newer model.
Take Advantage of the Sun
This is one of the simplest methods – open your curtains during the day to allow the sun in to warm your home. When you close the curtains in the evening, you can trap in the heat.
Use Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Did you know that cooler air stays close to the ground, and warmer air rises? Well, all that warm air up at the ceiling is not of use, so force it downwards with the help of low-speed fans. Reverse the fan setting, so it pushes the warm air towards you. This will distribute the warm air back down without creating drafts.
Upgrade Your System with Gilman Heating & Cooling
There are times when none of these heating tricks will work if your unit is outdated and not working efficiently. If that is the case, it will be time to upgrade your system. At Gilman Heating & Cooling, we provide heating and cooling services throughout Lee, Collier, and Charlotte County, Florida, and can detect and repair any problems that may be making your system less efficient.
Visit our website at https://gilmancooling.com/ or give us a call at 239-574-7780.
Trust our team for all your HVAC needs in Southwest Florida!