When thinking of the state of Florida, instantly images of getting tanned on sandy beaches, frolicking in the warm oceans and by proxy, a heavy helping of heat come to mind – it is after all branded as the Sunshine State. But for those of us who are all year rounders; native or otherwise, we know that the sub-tropical climate is prone to some cold spells.
These chilly temperatures tend to rear their head in between the months of November to February, with towns like Oldsmar being known to drop to the 50 of an evening. Whilst this might not be considered cold to our Northern brothers and sisters, when you’re from the sunniest climate in the east it can be a bit of a shock to the system.
So the (slightly) winter months are here, what preparations do you have to take? When it comes to clothing, it makes sense during this time of year to have a light jacket or sweater – layers are the keyword here. The mornings and evening can be much cooler and the air can be sufficiently crisp, yet by noon you’re back to the state’s status quo of hot and humid.
So you know how to dress, but how do you ensure your home is of optimum temperature? Every house is as unique as the owner, and you need to be as comfortable as you can, so make sure your heating system works for your individual situation.
Air conditioners can heat a home, provided they have a heat pump – a good investment. In this situation, the magic of air cooling that is oh so important to us in the summer is effectively reversed. This is a solid economic and environmental choice; less space is used and generally less electricity, making them more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Bear in mind, as this works on the same principle as air conditioning, humidity will still be being removed from the air so you will still have to continue emptying the condensation tank when needed. Also, this type of heating doesn’t work well when temperatures are close to freezing.
Then you have more traditional heating appliances, for those of us unwilling to feel even a shade of the winter weather. These can range from stand-alone electric heaters for individual spaces (ideal for your bedroom), gas fires for the lounge, full central heat systems and more state of the art options like under floor.
So there we have it, options galore. The most important thing is to research into what works for you. If you need any further advice, why not contact local firm Florida Heating and Cooling for an expert opinion and advice.