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Embracing Warmth: Navigating the Surprising Need for Heating in Florida

By January 3, 2024No Comments

In the Sunshine State, where swaying palms and sun-kissed beaches dominate the landscape, the idea of heating your home might seem unbelievable or unnecessary. After all, Florida is renowned for its year-round warmth. However, the need for effective heating solutions in the Sunshine State is more common than you might think.

Picture this: a rare, crisp winter morning in Florida.

While the majority of the nation is grappling with snow-covered streets, Floridians are reaching for that extra layer to combat an unexpected chill. Yes, even in the land of perpetual summer, the temperatures can take a surprising dip.

To put this into perspective, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that Florida experiences an average winter temperature of about 60°F (15°C). While that may sound mild, remember that this is an average, and in the winter months, temperatures can plummet, especially during cold fronts. (Anyone remember Christmas Day 2022? We were 1°F and some precipitation shy of a White Christmas in Tampa Bay.)

Now, you might be wondering, why is heating crucial in a state that basks in sunshine most of the year? The key lies in efficiency. When those occasional chilly days roll in, having a well-maintained and efficient heating system can make a substantial difference. Not only does it keep your living space comfortably warm, but it also contributes to overall energy efficiency.

When it comes to keeping our homes cozy during colder months, understanding the cost difference between electric heat in a straight cool HVAC system and a heat pump HVAC system is crucial. Not all heating methods are created equal, and the difference in efficiency can significantly impact your wallet.

In the traditional straight cool HVAC system, electric resistance heaters take center stage as the primary source of warmth in chilly weather. However, this method is not the most energy-efficient, converting electrical energy directly into heat. This leads to higher electricity bills.

It is not uncommon for your electric bill in December or January to be higher than July or August! But there is a secret hero to help reduce your electricity bill while improving overall efficiency: the heat pump HVAC system.

Heat pump systems operate as both heating and cooling units and leverage the environment’s thermal energy. During colder months, a heat pump system will extract heat from the outside air and transfer it indoors, offering a much more energy efficient heating system.

While the initial cost of a heat pump system will be slightly higher (between $1-2,000 more) than a straight cool system, it will pay for itself within one to two years in your monthly electric bills.

When deciding on a new heating or cooling system, it’s always important to weigh your upfront costs against the long-term savings.

If you want a no obligation, FREE estimate for a new system, call Poulin Cooling today to schedule a visit from one of our expert technicians.

In the heart of the Sunshine State, where summer reigns supreme, acknowledging the occasional need for heating is not just practical but essential. As temperatures fluctuate, investing in an efficient heating system not only ensures year-round comfort but also aligns with a sustainable approach to energy consumption.

So, as you revel in the warmth of Florida, remember that a well-maintained heating system is the unsung hero on those unexpected chilly days.

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