We enjoy mild winters here in the Sunshine State. While 60 degrees isn’t exactly parka weather, it doesn’t hurt to take measures to prepare your home for cooler temperatures.
The following tips will not only help retain costly heat but will also benefit you come summer when you need to rely on your A/C system.
Schedule a Tune-Up for Your Heating System
Like any mechanical system, your furnace needs a little TLC to function properly. To keep operating costs in check and maintain optimal comfort, schedule an appointment with a professional HVAC technician. The pro will diagnose and conduct preventative maintenance on your furnace. Among the tasks the tech will perform:
- Check the burners
- Tighten electrical connections
- Test system controls
- Clean the blower motor
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks
Another good reason for routine maintenance: It can help validate the current or extended warranty on your HVAC unit. You can also have the technician inspect your cooling system to ensure it will be in good working order come spring.
Seal Around Windows and Doors
Drafts not only compromise your comfort, but they also make your furnace work harder to maintain a consistent temperature. That extra effort will be reflected in your energy bill.
Seal around windows with caulk and use weatherstripping around exterior door frames. This is a simple DIY job that will also help curb cooling costs this summer.
Upgrade to a WiFi Thermostat
If you haven’t already made the switch to a smart thermostat, do yourself a favor and upgrade. This device syncs with your phone’s GPS so that it can adjust the temperature based on your location. When you’re on the way home, the thermostat will ensure your home is just as comfortable as you left it. When you step out, it will throttle down to a more cost-effective temperature.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a smart thermostat can save the average homeowner up to $180 a year on heating and cooling costs.
For all of your heating and cooling needs, contact Global Cooing at (352) 449-4060.