Winters are mild in Marco Island, Florida. But nightly temperatures can still drop into the 50s, giving you a reason to use your heater. Make sure you’re managing your home’s temperatures as efficiently as possible this season with these handy tips for keeping energy costs low:
Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
Update your thermostat settings so you’re using as little energy as possible to keep your home comfortable. Set your temperatures back further than normal, but keep the setting on heat. This will ensure your air conditioner stays off on warmer winter days while minimizing your heater use by keeping the home around 65 degrees.
Keep your family comfortable with these lower temperatures by adding flannel sheets and extra blankets to the beds. This way, you only need minimal heat to keep cozy overnight.
Schedule Routine Maintenance
Regular maintenance is a critical part of energy efficiency. Though your heater doesn’t get much use in our warm Floridian climate, this is no reason to neglect it entirely. In fact, this often means that the system has greater dust buildup and downtime between uses. Make sure your heater is ready for winter by scheduling your annual tuneup right away. As a result, you’ll avoid higher energy bills and larger breakdowns.
Assess Your Home’s Insulation
Check your home’s insulation as you’re handling autumn and winter maintenance tasks. Attic insulation will keep heat from rising through the roof so you can take full advantage of any indoor warmth as things cool down outside. Insulating walls and the area around light switches and power sockets will keep air from seeping in or out through these areas, as well. As a result, you’ll reduce energy waste.
If you haven’t seen one of our service technicians in the last year, you’re overdue for your regular maintenance. Call Key to Cool now at (239) 309-2991 to schedule your maintenance appointment. This quick visit will help you keep energy costs low all season long.
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