Beat the Cost of Heat
Hey Greater Tampa Bay, is it cold enough out there for you yet? The people of Greater Tampa Bay “have chills, they’re multiplying!” That’s because we are experiencing some chilly weather this week, and we love it (well, some of us do).
Whether you’ve used your heater yet or not, here are a few tips to save money on heating costs as we try to keep our homes comfortable during these Greater Tampa Bay temperature drops:
Surprise: It’s Cold Inside!
“It’s not that cold outside,” you say? But don’t you think the cold outside will coincide with the cold inside (we like to freestyle sometimes)? Whether you feel that our “Florida cold” outdoor weather is actually “not that cold” to you, the inside temperature of your home could drop to uncomfortable lows if you don’t have a heater that works properly.
Emergency repairs on damaged heaters can be very costly. On the other hand, routine maintenance will help you avoid costly repairs. It’s also worth mentioning that broken or malfunctioning heaters have been known to cause home fires. You don’t want to find yourself with a broken heater on a cold night, so give Super Heat & Air a call 24/7 and we’ll send a professional technician to check yours out.
Set Your Thermostat Stat
When adjusting the thermostat in your home, try to keep it at around 70-75 degrees. This could keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature and save you up to 10-20% on your heating bills during times of cold weather.
Poor insulation, bad ductwork and drafty windows and doors could raise your energy costs when heating your home. Drafty areas and broken or poorly installed ductwork are contributors to high heating and cooling costs that often go unnoticed. Super Heat & Air can inspect your home for these problem areas. And we can help you through some of our partners with insulation as well. Spray foam insulation can help dramatically reduce your energy costs for heating during the winter and for cooling during the summer months. Let us inspect your ductwork and existing insulation to see if there’s a problem we can fix.
You’re in Hot Water Pal
Not using your AC and heating system but still getting high energy bills? It could be your water heater. Your heating bills don’t just come from your AC and heating system. Heating bills can become very costly due to problems with or misuse of your water heater.
According to the Department of Energy, hot water heating can account for as much as 14-25 percent of your total home energy use. There are several ways to save money on heating costs from water heaters:
- Invest in a tankless water heater to reduce your energy bills by approximately 30%
- Insulate your water heater with a tank insulator
- Save 25%-50% by purchasing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
- Reduce hot water use by repairing leaks in fixtures, faucets and showerheads or pipes.
- Purchase energy-efficient dishwashers and clothes washers
So Greater Tampa Bay, are you ready to turn up the heat? Don’t forget the “Heat” in Super Heat & Air! Let us help you heat your home properly and keep your energy costs down. Call us today at 813-609-5015 to schedule an appointment!