Florida’s winter temperatures around Ocala average between 47 degrees and 70 degrees, which means you have probably turned on your heater at some point in recent weeks. Many Floridians dislike the cold, which is why HVAC efficiency is essential for keeping your homes cozy and businesses comfortable in North Central Florida.
Our experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have compiled these four tips for staying warm and maintaining efficient HVAC systems this winter:
- Enlist the Help of Heating and Air Experts:
For starters, you can extend the life of your HVAC systems by hiring experts to perform a thorough check-up of your system. Preventative maintenance or a tune-up will ensure you do not have any corroded parts or abnormal functions that could decrease efficiency or cause a system failure. Prevention could be the key to saving money and promoting safety this winter. As your full-service HVAC experts, United can assist with servicing your existing equipment or upgrading your systems.
- Maintain a Clean System for Optimal Operations:
Weather shifting from cold to hot can wear on your HVAC systems, which means it remains important to check your indoor air-handler and outdoor unit for any visible changes or issues. Watch out for things like loose connections, electrical issues, debris, or build-up around condenser coils. Additionally, always be sure to change your air filter at least every month to ensure clean airflow. Obstructed vents and dirty filters will hinder air circulation; in turn, your system will have to run harder and waste more electricity to maintain cozy and comfortable temperatures in your Florida homes and businesses this winter.
- Insulate Your Space and Consider Small-Scale Solutions:
Proper insulation, tight seals, and keeping windows and doors closed will help ensure the warm air stays inside, while the cold stays outside. For circulation without a breeze, run ceiling fans in a clockwise direction. This will prevent the downward airflow. For small areas, supplemental heating devices like a portable space heater may be a cost-effective solution, but it is important to use caution and follow safety guidelines to avoid any electrical issues.
- Promote Efficiency through Proper Settings:
Generally, 65 degrees to 70 degrees is the thermostat recommendation for heating, but United’s team can specify settings to keep your systems running at the most efficient levels possible. Each unit is unique, which is why United’s technicians account for the manufacturer’s guidelines, the type of systems, the size of the space, as well as the customer’s needs for heating efficiency. Contact United’s technicians today for recommendations and solutions to optimize your HVAC systems this winter.
Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC system.