Tips for staying cool this summer
The summer months in Florida can be brutal on your energy bill, but it doesn’t have to be. We put together a few tips to help fight outrageous air conditioning costs, while maintaining a comfortable home all summer long.
Ceiling fans circulate cool air and help take the burden off your air conditioning system. You can raise the temperature on your thermostat and still feel just as cool by turning on your ceiling fans while the air conditioner is running at a higher temperature.
Replace your air filter
A clean air filter is essential to keeping your system running smoothly. If your air filter is clogged with dust, dirt or pet dander it reduces your air flow. The reduction in air flow can lead to a significant decline in the efficiency of your HVAC system causing it work harder and increasing your energy bill. It is recommended to replace your filter every couple of months and even more frequently if there are pets present in the household.
Schedule Maintenance or upgrade your system
Having your HVAC system inspected can insure that it is performing efficiently and help bring attention to any issues that may be present. The average life of an HVAC system in Florida is 8-10 years old. Swapping out your older air conditioner for a new unit can reduce your energy costs by half according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Windows that aren’t sealed properly leak air causing your air conditioning system to work harder. If you notice your windows are poorly sealed, caulking and weather stripping them will help prevent cool air from leaking out of your windows.
Get a programmable thermostat
Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat can insure your system isn’t being overused by adjusting temperatures while you are away or asleep. The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the lower your cooling bill will be. Set your temperature as high as you’re comfortable with while home, and raise the temperature while you are away.
Air Around the Clock is here to help make sure you stay cool during summer. Contact us to learn more about our preventative maintenance agreement or if you have any questions about your HVAC system.