Does running the heat really cost three times as much as A/C?
Hi Samantha, those are great questions. The simple answer to your first question is yes, because heating uses more energy, it does cost more to run the heat in your home than it does to cool your home with A/C. While extreme cold weather is rare in Florida, we can always count on at least one good cold snap to drive higher energy bills, if you turn on your heat.
The heating systems in most Florida homes are not energy-efficient and can cost a lot more to operate. In fact, it can take up to three times more electricity to heat a home than to cool it, which equates to a higher bill.
Most efficient way to heat
The most efficient way to heat your home is with an electric heat pump. But, most customers don’t have a heat pump, so they rely on the heating element in their air conditioner to heat their homes.
These pumps heat more efficiently and can help you save money if you live in a colder part of the state, or if you run the heat often in the winter. In fact, those who use heat frequently could save up to $75 per year heating with a heat pump system compared to a standard A/C system.
Other tips to stay warm
The best way to stay warm and still save on your electric bill is to set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower with the fan switch on “auto.” Then when you leave the house, turn off the heat entirely. A space heater is also an option but it is a temporary heating device and should be used on a limited basis. Please be especially careful and follow all the safety precautions. Keep the space heater at least three feet away from furniture, drapes and other combustible items.
You also can help lower your electric bills in winter by keeping the damper shut on your fireplace when it’s not being used, and opening your shades and curtains on sunny days.
During the next cold snap, you may want to wait to turn on your heat – unless you truly need to warm up your home.
Visit www.FPL.com/wintertips to learn ways to keep your home warm and your bills low this winter.