Florida is well known as one of the warmest states in the country, and for good reason. As winter approaches the rest of the United States, many northerners will begin to fly south for the winter, seeking warmer temperatures and an escape from the snow. But whether you’re a snowbird or a Florida local, you’ll start to notice lower temperatures as we get into the winter months. And while the southern part of the Sunshine State experiences a mild winter, the middle and northern areas routinely hit the 40s, 30s, and sometimes even the 20s! And as the air cools outside, you might find yourself turning the thermostat up. However, sometimes adjusting the temperature simply isn’t enough to keep warm. What’s going on here?
Reasons Your Home Cools Down in Florida Winter
Every home is different, but there are a few common reasons that they just can’t hold in the heat. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Air leaks are letting warm air escape
Air leaks can be a big cause of energy and heat loss in your home, but they are very good at hiding. They occur commonly around windows and doors, as well as in electrical outlets and various other places around your home. These leaks allow that precious warm air to escape – and you’re not paying to heat the neighborhood! There are a few ways to deal with air leaks:
- Do it yourself: Are you a DIY pro? This could be your best weekend project yet! Perform a candle or incense test to locate leaks, purchase some caulk at your local hardware store, and seal your windows and doors. When these leaks are sealed, more warm air will stay inside (and that cold air will stay out!).
- Call in the professionals: DIY sealing can be a great way to stop obvious leaks, but what about the more sneaky ones? Professional air sealing is the answer you’re looking for. When you call for backup, a professional can perform several tests to pinpoint leaks in your home and help you to seal them up.
- Your Ductwork Needs Service
Another possible reason your home just can’t seem to heat up is your ductwork. Really take the time to think about this: when was the last time your ducts were cleaned? When dirt makes its home in your ducts, it can be blown into the mechanisms of your heating (and cooling) system. A clogged system has to work much harder to heat your home. Not only that, but this is the air in your home! It’s the air you breathe – if it’s dirty, it’s likely to make you sick.
Your ductwork may be hiding another secret: more air leaks. Leaky can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency by 40 percent! These leaks are vital to address, and doing so can greatly improve your home’s comfort. Ductwork can be complicated to handle yourself, so we recommend calling professionals to clean and seal ductwork.
- Your Insulation Isn’t Up to the Challenge
Why don’t you go to bed on a cold night without a blanket? You’d freeze! Blankets are an essential part to keeping you warm in winter. They trap warm air inside them, keeping you cozy. Though you usually don’t see or think about it, your home comes with a built in blanket: insulation.
Your home’s insulation is designed to be a barrier between you and the outside world. It keeps the cold air out and the warm air in. But if your insulation is faulty or insufficient, it won’t be enough to keep your home comfortable, just like a blanket full of holes won’t keep you warm. There are many different types of insulation, but spray foam is the best for the Florida climate. It is a dense insulation that creates an airtight seal inside your walls. Not only does it keep warm air inside in the winter, it also keeps cold air inside during the summer, and banishes moisture from your walls all year long! With proper insulation, your HVAC system will use less energy to heat your home. You’ll feel warmer, and you won’t spend as much money to keep comfortable!
Winter is fast approaching, and even Floridians have to prepare for reality: the temperature is going to drop. Don’t suffer in silence this year – prepare your home before the cold air comes in. Schedule your free spray foam consultation with Energy Monster. We’ll inspect your existing insulation and help you decide if it needs to be replaced or filled in.Return to Blog