New Port Richey Furnace and Heating Repair: Heating and Cooling Tips You Can Use To Save Money and Lower Bills
Guess what, America?
FLORIDA RESIDENTS HEAT THEIR HOMES, TOO.
Sometimes, it feels like the rest of the country thinks that Florida and southern California exist in a state of perpetual summer. Florida might not get much (or anything, honestly) in the way of snow, but that doesn’t mean New Port Richey furnace repair contractors don’t get their fair share of work.
Because winter does come. It just looks a little different here. They’re comparatively mild, but you have to remember that we’re used to a certain kind of heat down here, so what feels like manageable temperatures to you can get pretty harsh for us!
So sure, we can’t sympathize with you guys in Maine or North Dakota and your blizzards, but we see plenty of action in the 50s and even 40s. That, you may recall, is too cold for a human to sleep in.
That’s where furnaces come in.
So, since we’re still stuck in the middle of a dry and unusually bitter winter, we thought we’d help our friends and neighbors. In this article, we’ll give you some tips you can use to save money on your heating bills, and we’ll throw in some cooling tips while we’re at it. Perhaps the memory of summer will keep you warm.
Furnace Repair New Port Richey: Tips, Tricks, and What You Need To Know
The occasional spa day will do wonders for your HVAC system. We are of course, talking about a tune-up. No, they’re not just for cars. Furnaces, heat pumps, and central air conditioners are all very large, very complicated machines. Moreover, they’re pretty expensive.
Think of it like an automobile. If you drop twenty or thirty thousand dollars on a set of wheels, dropping $150 or so a year on a tune-up starts to feel pretty reasonable.
By comparison, you’ll spend less in preventive maintenance each year on your HVAC equipment than you do on your car, by the way. An HVAC tune-up is like a car tune-up, a year’s worth of oil and lube changes, and more, rolled up.
That makes it one of the best ways you can drop a little money on furnace repair. Preventive maintenance solves small problems before they get a chance to compound and grow.
SO WHAT IS A FURNACE TUNE UP, ANYWAY?
Furnace Repair New Port Richey technicians will go over every measurable and viewable inch of your furnace. They’ll check ductwork, motors, wiring, and everything else in your system, with an eye to spotting problems.
It’s a serious process, and a great way to stop performance degradation in its tracks.
We frequently recommend a home energy audit to customers who feel their bills are too high. It’s another (different but valuable) way we can look for problems. In an audit, instead of looking for problems with the machinery, we look for problems with the home.
Specifically, we want to make sure your home’s thermal envelope is in good shape.
EXPLAINING THERMAL ENVELOPES
The barrier between temperature controlled portions of your home and the rest of it (and the outside world) is called the thermal envelope. Essentially, it’s a kind of measure of how good your house is at keeping heat in (or out, as desired) and preventing energy loss.
A lot of factors can affect this, from drafts to windows to insulation choices and beyond. Even light and noise can have an impact, believe it or not! The materials used in the construction and insulation of your home, as well as their integrity and age, are major variables.
So how good is your home at keeping the outside world at bay? Even shiny new homes develop leaks as they settle. It’s also possible that your builder wasn’t taking the thermal envelope into account when they chose materials – after all, builders are not HVAC technicians like we are.
Regardless of the reasons, or whether your home is old, new, small, large, or anything in between, if your bills are high, we can help you spot the cause.
In a home energy audit, we’ll point out what works, and recommend ways you can fix what doesn’t. That could mean:
None of the fixes we recommend in a home energy audit are required. We just want you to have all the information at hand. There are even fixes we might recommend that we won’t be able to actually perform for you. We’ve had customers preparing to add an addition or replace a roof reach out to us to find out if those things come with opportunities to make smarter HVAC choices.
The greatest and most efficient furnace in the world, and the best furnace repair companies in New Port Richey won’t be able to overcome a bad heating and cooling environment. You might be horrified when you find out how much money is sneaking out of your home through a weak thermal envelope.
These days, it’s not as common to run into someone with the old school mercury thermostat, but it happens.
Most of you, though, are working with varying degrees of “smart” thermostats.
Now, what is also true is that smart is a spectrum when it comes to thermostats, and they aren’t all created equal. A simple programmable thermostat that can raise and lower temperatures on a schedule is, technically, a “smart” ‘stat.
But it’s not as smart as what you should be using. Modern thermostats can do a lot more than remember a schedule. They can connect to your smartphone or a tablet device so you can control your system remotely even when you aren’t home. They can actively learn by when and how you adjust your furnace, and help you make behavioral improvements.
They can talk to whichever home assistant you prefer (Amazon Alexa, Apple, Google Assistant, and so on), and interface with other smart home tools to make your life easier. They can talk to satellite sensors and track temperature all around your home, which can help you find trouble spots.
Many of them even allow voice control!
Another feature many modern thermostats are using is “geofencing,” which is a rather brilliant innovation. It allows you to automatically control your thermostat, based on your location. When connected devices (like your phone) are away from home, they will lower the thermostat to conserve energy. When you get within a couple of miles of the home, they will restore the home to your desired temperature.
This innovation is particularly wonderful for people with no set schedule who don’t want the added hassle of trying to remember when they should and should not change the temperature in their home.
Furnace Repair New Port Richey: The QUICK TIPS LIST
Those are pretty detailed, but we have some simpler things you can try, as well, and we’ll go over them much faster.
For more furnace repair and maintenance tips from the New Port Richey AC furnace repair experts, check out the rest of our blog articles. You can also email us or call us anytime. Our team is at your disposal, 24/7/365, and we promise you the best customer service in the business.