As winter approaches, homeowners are preparing their homes for the cold weather. While winters in Florida are a bit warmer than most places, there still comes a time when you want to use your heat on the chillier days. Turning the heat on for the first time often involves adjusting the thermostat and cranking up the heat. While this may seem like the best way to stay warm, there are a few myths about heating your home that Florida Southern Air will debunk. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common winter heating myths and provide advice on how to keep your home warm without breaking the bank!
Cranking the Thermostat Heats Your Home Faster
First, many believe that cranking up the thermostat is an effective way to heat their home quickly. However, this isn't the case. Cranking up your thermostat will cause your heating system to work harder than necessary and can lead to higher energy bills. It’s best to find a comfortable temperature and leave it there.
Turning the Heat Off When You Leave the House Saves Energy
Second, some people think they can save money by turning off their heat when they leave the house or go on vacation. While it's true that you can reduce energy costs by reducing your usage when you're away, turning your system off completely isn't always a good idea. Leaving your heating system turned off for extended periods will only cause it to work harder when you eventually turn it back on. Additionally, depending on how cold it is, leaving your heat turned off for an extended period of time could cause your pipes to freeze.
Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy
Third, closing vents in rooms that aren't used is another common myth. People assume that closing vents will save energy, but, in reality, this can cause your heater to work harder. When vents are closed, the air will still try to force itself through the vents. This means more energy is being used, and your heating bill will increase.
Space Heaters Are Enough to Keep the House Warm
Fourth, relying solely on space heaters is not a good way to keep your home warm. Space heaters can help supplement heating systems when temperatures drop, but they shouldn't be used as a primary source of warmth. They are often inefficient, require constant monitoring, and may even be dangerous if left unattended for too long. If you choose to use a space heater in addition to your heating system, do not leave it alone or near any flammable objects. You should also keep your children and pets away from it.
Heating Maintenance Isn’t Necessary
Finally, many homeowners assume that heating maintenance isn't necessary. This couldn't be further from the truth. To keep your home safe and warm during the winter, it's important to have regular maintenance done on your heating system. Properly maintained systems will run more efficiently and use less energy, resulting in lower energy bills and a warmer home.
Now that you know the truth about common winter heating myths, you can make sure your home stays cozy this season without breaking the bank! Don’t forget to schedule regular maintenance for your home’s heating system to ensure it runs optimally and safely throughout the colder months.
If you have questions about your home’s heating system or need to schedule maintenance, contact Florida Southern Air today at (813) 535-5332. We’re here to make sure you and your family are comfortable in your home this winter.