Here in Florida the most important of your HVAC systems is your air conditioner and it’s not really close. Floridians rely on air conditioning more than any other state in the country. However, many Floridians need a bit of heating during the winter months. Despite using heating sparingly, it still takes up about 10% of overall energy costs for Floridians. We’ll get into the reasons why and explain how you can increase efficiency and save money!
Why Does Heating Cost So Much?
Cooling systems almost always rely on transferring heat away from a space. This is what refrigerant is used for. This technology only requires electricity and is fairly efficient just because of that. Heating is much different.
Furnaces are one of the most common and widely used forms of heating. These burn fuel to create heat which the machine transfers to the air. Unfortunately, even modern furnaces aren’t able to make the heat transfer from fuel oil or natural gas to the air that efficiently. A high-end furnace can get about 90% efficiency nowadays and for years furnaces were only around 50% efficient.
How Can We Boost Efficiency?
While economic constraints prevent homeowners from upgrading their furnace every year, there are a lot of cheap and simple ways to boost your heating efficiency. First, we’ll talk about ways you can keep heat in your home. These include things like weatherstripping to prevent heat loss through doors and installing double-paned windows. Additionally, great insulation is important to prevent a drafty attic from making your home’s temperature uncomfortable. The great news is that all of these things can keep your home cool as well!
Lastly, we recommend getting a smart thermostat. These systems can set schedules for your heating and cooling to keep them running efficiently and smoothly.
Global Cooling want to help you with whatever problem you have with your home HVAC system. Whether you need improved indoor air quality, a replacement, or a repair, we would love to help improve in your home. Feel free to give us a call at (352) 269-8191 or fill out an online contact form to set up an appointment.