How to Lower Your Energy Costs in the Winter

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Living in Tallahassee, Florida means that for much of the year you contend with heat and humidity. You are likely to have a few tips and tricks to help you to reduce energy consumption during the hot months. Although our winters are not as cold and the cold period does not last as long as in the northern states, you still want to be sure you are doing everything to reduce energy costs.

Keep Cold Air Out

The idea is simple -- don't let cold air in, and your heating system won't have to work so hard. There are many ways to do this, and best of all, it is good for keeping hot air out in the summertime, too.

Check for cracks around your doors and windows, and make sure to seal them with caulk or weatherstripping. You may want to consider storm windows or even plastic window covers to keep the cold air from seeping in during winter. Don't forget your fireplace and chimney, and get both a cover for your fireplace and a chimney-top damper to close your chimney when you are not using the fireplace.

Use Equipment Wisely

Ceiling fans can help to circulate the warm air. When the weather turns cold, ensure the blades are spinning in a clockwise direction. Doing so will also enable you to save energy as you won't need to rely on the furnace as much.

Lower your thermostat a degree or two for instant savings. If you still feel colder than you'd like, ensure that you are dressed appropriately. Use layers or a sweater, to avoid increasing the temperature on the thermostat. When the sun hits your windows, open the drapes and curtains to let the heat in. At night, close the curtains to reduce the effect of the cold air.

Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

Today's thermostats are getting smarter and smarter. The most basic type will allow you to schedule temperature changes based on your daily or weekly schedules. You don't even have to go with a higher-end model to have more control over your heating and cooling systems. The resulting savings make it worthwhile -- whichever model you choose.

The Infinity Remote Access Touch Control thermostat allows you to change your temperature settings remotely using your smartphone or tablet. It also tracks your energy use and sends you reminders, for example, to change your filters. These thermostats increase efficiency and savings, but they are also popular because they make temperature control easy and convenient.

The Côr Wi-Fi Thermostat intelligently adapts to your preferred settings and schedule. You can connect to your thermostat using the internet to control the settings and review your energy usage. This thermostat is readily compatible with many heating and cooling systems.

Maintain and Upgrade Your System

Prevention is the best medicine. A good maintenance plan for your heating and cooling system makes it easy to keep everything running efficiently, regardless of the season. Ideally, you should schedule a service call for your heating system before the cold weather starts. If you have not yet done so, now is still a good time. We check your thermostat settings, coils, gauges, controls, switches, and much more to make sure your system is functioning properly.

When it is time to replace your current unit, consider switching to an energy-efficient heat pump system. Heat pumps absorb heat from the outside and transfer it into your home to keep you warm in the winter at a fraction of the cost of using furnaces.

Make sure to keep your energy costs under control all year long, so that you can save on those utility bills. If you need to have your heating system serviced or you are in the market for a new furnace, give Air Control Heating and Cooling, Inc. a call today at 850-391-4300.

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