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Does it cost more to run my heat or AC? And, what’s the best way to heat my home when it’s cold?
The simple answer to your question is Yes. Heat uses more energy, so therefore it does cost more to run than your AC. While extreme cold weather is rare in Florida, we can always count on at least one good cold snap to drive higher energy bills.
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 higher energy bills. The most efficient way to heat your home is with an electric heat pump. However, most Florida customers don't have a heat pump. Their systems rely on a heating element in their air conditioner to heat their homes.
Heat 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 heat strip in their AC 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 with the fan switch on “auto” and when you leave the house, turn off the heat entirely.
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 by 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.