7 HVAC Tips for Turning Up the Heat in Florida

Keeping Warm in Florida

Despite popular belief, indoor heating can be a necessity during North Central Florida’s winter months.  Many folks simply do not realize that Floridians also need to turn up the heat.

Typically, the surrounding areas of Ocala and The Villages range from the 40s to 60s this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen a few dips into the 30s. For those frigid Florida nights, consider these tips from our HVAC experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air.

How Homeowners and Businessowners can improve heating efficiency:

  • Set the right temperatures.  Thermostat recommendations for proper temperatures vary from model to model, but 65 to 70 degrees is what most advise for heating an indoor space.  United’s experts can provide advice on the most efficient settings for your HVAC system.
  • Be prepared for fluctuations.  Rapid hot or cold weather shifts can be tough on HVAC systems. A programmable thermostat could be helpful in making advance settings for weather fluctuations. Also, smart thermostats are convenient for programming efficiency.
  • Always keep air filters clean. This is one of the simplest but essential actions for protecting the longevity and operational value of your HVAC system.  It is also necessary for clean air, as the filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris, dust, and allergens.
  • Be proactive about maintenance. To prevent a heating problem before it strikes, schedule a professional maintenance check-up. United’s experts will perform a thorough inspection and a complete tune-up to ensure you stay warm and cozy this winter.
  • Promptly perform heating repairs. Proper heating and operations of the indoor air-handler and outdoor unit require working parts.  United’s heating experts can assist with servicing your existing equipment, making necessary repairs, or upgrading your HVAC system.
  • Insulate for a protective seal.  In addition to keeping doors and windows closed, you can boost heating efficiency by adding weather strips or sealant around frames to prevent the cold air from getting inside. Attic insulation is also a wise investment for boosting efficiency.
  • Take precaution with space heaters.  Many Floridians see value in portable space heaters for temporary warmth in a small space; however, NEVER leave space heaters unattended, DO NOT use with an extension cord, and review all device warnings to avoid risks.

Contact United’s technicians for services and heating recommendations for your system. Professional services and maintenance are the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your HVAC system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC systems.

4 Florida Tips for Heater Efficiency this Winter


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:

  1. 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.