Using Your Heat Pump in Winter and Other Cold Weather Tips

 In Staying Warm, Winter Topics

For Floridians, cold winter weather can feel like a surprise every time it rolls around. From creating the perfect crackling fire to setting your heat pump in winter, it’s important to know how to use different warming devices properly to avoid safety hazards and keep your home and family safe.  

Need a winter refresh? Each of these blogs contains the cold-weather knowledge you need to navigate the season with confidence. 

Resources for Using Your Heat Pump in Winter

Signs There Might Be Something Wrong with Your Heat Pump A heat pump is part of a home heating and cooling system installed outside the home. Similar to other central air systems, heat pumps can cool your home and provide heat. They work best at temperatures above 20 degrees, meaning they are perfect for milder climates where the temperature rarely drops below freezing. Is your unit doing something weird? If you’re experiencing what seems like a problem, it might just be the way your heat pump was intended to work.  READ BLOG 

3 Common Heat Pump Concerns – And What’s Really Happening  There’s nothing better than stepping into a nice, warm house during the chilly winter months. For many people in North Florida, that cozy atmosphere is due to an important component of their heating and cooling system: the heat pump in winter. If you notice something unusual happening with your heat pump and aren’t sure whether to call for maintenance, there may be a simple explanation that does not require professional intervention. Here are three of the most common heat pump concerns and what’s really happening with your unit. READ BLOG 

How Your Heat Pump Uses Heat Strips If you have a heat pump, you might be aware that you should avoid using the emergency heat setting on your thermostat. You might have been warned not to use this setting because it uses electric heat strips to heat your home, which are not nearly as energy efficient as your heat pump’s normal function. While you shouldn’t have to choose the emergency heat setting (except in actual emergencies), it is OK for your heat pump to occasionally use heat strips. READ BLOG 

Resources for Fireplaces and Space Heaters

How To Use a Space Heater Safely During the cold winter months, a space heater is a quick and simple way to add a little warmth to your space. If you’re thinking about using one in your home this season, you may be wondering, is a space heater a fire hazard, and if so, how worried should I be? Here’s the truth about these small-but-mighty devices, and how you can use a space heater safely this winter. READ BLOG 

Can a Fireplace Help You Save On Your Electric Bill? On a chilly winter evening, nothing feels better than sitting around a toasty fire. A warm fireplace can create a cozy atmosphere and quickly heat up your living room, but can the extra heat actually help you save on your electric bill? To answer that question, we must first look more closely at the type of fireplace you have in your home. READ BLOG 

Resources for Saving Energy and Money

How To Save Energy During the Holidays The holiday season is full of surprises, but your electric bill shouldn’t be one of them. From twinkle lights to holiday baking, you might find that this time of year comes with an increase in electricity use. That means an increase in your electric bill, as well. There are a few things you can do, however, to keep your home running as efficiently as possible. Not only is it better for the environment – it’s better for your wallet. Here are six simple ways to save energy during the holidays. READ BLOG 

How To Set Your HVAC During Vacation The bags are packed, gifts are wrapped and it’s time to depart for holiday vacation. Did you remember to set your thermostat? You may wonder if there’s a certain recommended temperature when leaving your home for longer periods. Setting your system at an appropriate temperature can certainly help you save money on electric bills, but there are also safety considerations to think through before you leave home for the holidays. Here is everything you need to know about how to set your HVAC during vacation. READ BLOG 

5 DIY Ways To Keep Warm Air Inside Your Home This Winter North Florida has a warmer climate than many places, but still sees freezing nights and chilly mornings throughout much of the winter. To lower your energy bills and give your home comfort system some relief, here are some easy steps to keep the warm air inside your home, and the cold air outside where it belongs. READ BLOG 

Holiday Hosting Tips

Keeping Your Guests Comfortable This Holiday Season Most people know there are certain things you shouldn’t discuss during the holidays, including politics and religion – but there is another topic you want to avoid at the dinner table – the uncomfortable temperature of your home. If you want to be the “hostess with the mostess,” here are some tips on making sure your guests are nice and toasty (or comfortably cool) this holiday season. READ BLOG 

Finding the Perfect Temperature for Everybody From family members at home to co-workers in the office, it’s difficult for everyone to agree on the ideal thermostat setting, causing temperature wars that can result in constant thermostat adjustments as well as rising temperatures—and frustrations. Here are some tips on how to resolve this. READ BLOG 

Holiday Deep Cleaning To Improve Air Quality Like any big task, deep cleaning your entire home is a lot to take on in one day. Breaking it up into smaller steps makes the process more manageable. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a step-by-step guide to deep cleaning your home for the holidays—and how it can help improve your air quality. READ BLOG 

Prepare for Florida Winter With Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning

Don’t leave it up to chance this winter season – ensure your heat pump and other equipment are working properly by scheduling an inspection with Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning.  

With the Total Comfort Service Program, you can save time, money and effort while keeping your HVAC in great working order. At $109 per year, the Blue Plan (which includes one 28-point inspection) only costs $20 more than a one-time tune-up, with benefits that quickly pay for themselves. In addition, signing up for an annual plan removes the burden of having to remember annual maintenance appointments. 

Time is money, and we want to help you make the most of yours this winter. Save on both by signing up for the Total Comfort Service Program today. Or click here to chat with a home comfort specialist. 


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