At this time of year in Newberry, Florida we have varied and fluctuating temperatures that make it hard to know whether to heat or cool your home. In our area it's common to need the heat in February into March, so now is the time to make sure you are doing all you can to help your HVAC system keep your home comfortable. Heat moves into a cooler space naturally which means that if your home has any areas that are vulnerable to air loss, your heat will be pouring into the cold outdoor air. This will cost you money in wasted heat as well as overwork your system as it tries to heat the outdoors. Help your unit by making sure you're prepared.
Any drafts allow the comfortable conditioned air within your home to just leak out which will cost you more money in energy bills. Feel for drafts around all entry doors. Apply new silicone weatherstripping if needed. Door sweeps work well to stop drafts from underneath the door. Foam weatherstripping works well to seal around attic doors to prevent conditioned air from seeping through.
Air ducts are vulnerable to leaks and obstructions which can result in substantial heat loss. We recommend you have a professional assess the situation if you believe you have air loss from your ductwork. Technicians will be more efficient at fixing the issue and have tests they can perform to check that the issue has been resolved.
Windows generally have a substantial amount of heat loss because of their very nature. Consider adding window treatments to lower your home's load. Heavy drapes such as light blocking panels work well to help with loss. During the day open the drapes to capitalize on our sunny weather and bring in outside heat. Make sure to close them at night to keep the heat inside of your house. Shutters and panels are two of the most energy-efficient window treatments available. Awnings can add charm to your home and lessen the burden on your system.