Welcome to Florida! As a new Tallahassee resident, you're about to experience sunny days, a mild winter, and an early spring. Along with palm trees, sand, and lizards, Florida's climate offers a few things that might take some getting used to, especially if you're from a desert state or the far north. Though all HVAC systems require routine maintenance, you'll notice that the Florida weather wears on your HVAC system in several different ways than what you're used to.
Florida's Humidity Is Brutal
Today's HVAC systems provide amazing dehumidification for your home. If the home you're buying has an older HVAC system, however, you might need an additional dehumidifier to keep your indoor humidity at an acceptable level. Dealing with excess humidity puts extra pressure on your HVAC system, which is why you can't skip any maintenance appointments when you live in Florida.
The humidity levels in your home also serve as clues when something is wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC is set to the right temperature but the air feels clammy, that means your AC isn't functioning properly. When you notice a sudden increase in the humidity in your home, you might have a sizing issue or malfunction that requires a professional repair.
Thermostat Placement Can Be Frustrating
One of the major no-no's of thermostat placement is placing your thermostat in an area that receives direct sunlight. Florida homes typically have lots of windows to let in the natural light. The sunlight that comes through those windows shines all day and can affect many rooms in your home. Make sure that your thermostat is installed on an interior wall that doesn't get direct sunlight.
Your HVAC system needs as much protection during the hurricane season as the rest of your property. When preparing for your first hurricane season in Florida, remember to prep your HVAC system to weather the storm, too. Make a hurricane shopping list, and be sure it includes a tarp and a way to secure the outdoor unit.
When a storm is on the horizon, make sure no large, loose items (like gardening tools or wheelbarrows) are in your yard that the winds could blow into your outdoor AC unit. If you've got window units, remove them and secure the windows.
Winters Are Easier on Your Heating System
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, don't be! Florida offers some distinct HVAC advantages, too. You'll love the winters here; Tallahassee is far enough north to experience some chilly weather, but you aren't going to need snow tires and huge down coats over lots of thermal underwear to stay warm! Apply that same logic to your heating system: you'll use it, certainly, but you're not going to be cranking it up frequently throughout the season. You will certain see a relief in your utility bills.
In fact, a lot of Florida homeowners find heat pumps to be an ideal choice. These units operate most efficiently when the temperature outside is 40 degrees or above and provide effective heating throughout the winter.
Easier Temperature Control Through Fall and Winter
New Floridians who are used to northern winters probably remember what it's like to lack indoor temperature consistency. Your furnace kicks on and warms up the house, but then you soon face cold temperatures until it's time for the next heating cycle. You will find it easier to regulate temperatures during the cold season. At times, you might even be able to do without air conditioning altogether.
Get your HVAC system inspected, repaired, or maintained by the qualified pros at Air Control Heating & Cooling. We know exactly what the Tallahassee weather delivers and how to combat its effects. Call us today at 850-391-4300 if you need additional information or would like to schedule an appointment.
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