The stability of temperatures during the year is one of the most attractive aspects of The Sunshine State, and this is particularly true during the winter heating season. The heating cost index for Florida is a fraction of the index for the nation as a whole, making the state a welcome refuge for both snowbirds and for those who want to permanently escape harsh seasonal conditions. Your HVAC system has many reasons to love winters in the state, and following are just four of these.
1. Consistent Indoor Conditions
Severe winter weather can result in dramatic swings in your home environment. When outside air temperatures are icy, the energy loss from your home can be pronounced. The resulting cycling of your HVAC system can be frustrating as you swing from bursts of hot air to chilly conditions just before the call for heat is initiated again. The cycling for a Florida heating system is less dramatic because energy loss is slower when outside conditions are mild. You are less likely to experience those pronounced drops in temperature. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you will never have those swings. A record low of 5 degrees in January 1985 demonstrates that Pensacola can experience icy conditions. However, the normal lows of winter are far milder.
2. Settings Made Simple
Because your Florida home has the benefit of stable winter weather conditions, you can often work with simple temperature settings, knowing that your home comfort will be managed efficiently without compromising indoor comfort levels. The ability to program your thermostat for the 68-degree set-point recommended by ENERGY STAR can result in efficient system performance and lower energy bills.
3. Mild Weather Means Low Stress for Your HVAC System
If you operate a heat pump, mild outdoor conditions provide the optimum environment for your equipment to function. With outside temperatures rarely dropping into the freezing range, you are less likely to stress your heat pump. This allows for the life of the system to be extended while reducing your potential for heating repair needs. Whether you have a heat pump, furnace, or hybrid heating configuration that includes both components, limited heating activity results in less wear on your equipment. This also reduces your risk of heating repair while delaying your potential need for a system replacement.
4. Easier System Maintenance
As your heating equipment operates in the ideal conditions of a Florida winter, the issues to be addressed during preseason preventive maintenance are minimized. However, this does not alleviate your need for system maintenance. A homeowner in The Sunshine State can expect regular maintenance to ensure a long and productive life from a furnace or heat pump. As the system is cleaned, fine-tuned, and inspected for safety issues, you can be assured that your home’s comfort will continue to be optimized each winter. The professionals at All Seasons Service Network are pleased to offer expert insight as we provide maintenance services. We are also available on a 24-hour basis for heating emergencies. As you consider how to best optimize your equipment, check out maintenance plans provided by All Seasons Service Network, or call us at 850-637-8479.