Home-Tech, Southwest Florida’s leading air-conditioning and major appliance sales and service provider, is urging southwest Florida residents to prepare Florida homes for winter now. Seasonal residents, in particular, should check all of their homes’ systems and appliances before the busy holiday season to be sure everything is in working condition before it’s actually needed.
“Ensuring that the air-conditioning and heating system is up and running properly is the most important factor to consider for the winter-ready home,” said Thom Rohde, service manager at Home-Tech. “There’s no better time to check the status of your heater than before you need it.”
- Change your filter to ensure that utilities run efficiently this winter. A dirty filter makes your heating and cooling system work harder, which uses more energy. Replacing your filter every few months saves energy and also reduces dust around the home.
- Reprogram your thermostat by turning it back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day. This can result in savings of approximately 10 percent on annual heating and cooling bills. If your thermostat is difficult to program, ask a Home-Tech expert to install a programmable thermostat that makes it easy to set specific temperatures automatically for different times of day.
- Keep the warm air flowing freely in the house by reversing the switch on your ceiling fans. By setting the fans to operate in a clockwise direction, you push warm air, which collects near the ceiling, back down into the room.
- Dirty coils and fans reduce the airflow through your heating and cooling system. Schedule a “Clean and Check” from a licensed Home-Tech technician to ensure proper maintenance. The call is complimentary for Service Agreement customers.
- Be sure to turn on all appliances that you will need when family and friends visit for the holidays. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving morning to make sure your oven is functioning properly.
While preparing for a winter in Florida differs a bit from other parts of the country, the state faces at least a few days below 40 degrees every year. When residents are well-prepared, unnecessary costs and frustrations are avoided.