Let’s face it, that infamous Florida summer heat wave has arrived. Throughout the months of June-August, Florida faces its peak in temperature. When the temperature heats up, so does your air conditioning system. A/C units have to work overtime during the summer months to compensate for the heat. Since an air system is a huge portion of an energy bill, you want your system to be as efficient as possible. Here are 8 easy ways to cut down cooling costs and save you money.
As the old adage says, “You get what you pay for.” If you are in the market for a new or replacement air conditioning system, ensure that it will be as efficient as possible. An easy indicator is if the unit has an Energy Star seal. Obviously higher efficiency units will save you money in the long run, but many energy companies will offer rebates simply for utilizing energy efficient machines.
Clean = Savings
The easiest (and most overlooked) step in ensuring maximum efficiency is to keep it clean. The simplest way to accomplish that is to replace your filters regularly. Most units require a filter change about every 30 days, especially during the summer. A/C filters are the lungs of your system, and not changing them does not give your system a chance to breathe.
Don’t overlook little details this summer when it comes to cooling. When deciding on a temperature for your thermostat, remember to be comfortable-not frozen. For every degree you lower your thermostat, it lessens your energy savings by up to six percent.
Cool In, Hot Out
Ensure that your home is completely sealed and secure. Shut all doors and windows while the air conditioner is running. Let the cold air stay in, while the hot air stays out.
Live like a vampire and avoid the sun. To lower the temperature in the home, close all curtains and lower your blinds to block out the heat rays of the sun. If you’re an over-achiever, install exterior awnings to further block the sun.
What a Strain
Don’t strain your system by doing heat producing chores during the hottest times of the day. These chores could include running washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers. The best times are in the early morning or after sunset when the temperatures are lower. Also, avoid overuse of your oven during the summer months. The heat from this appliance will cause your system to work harder to lower the degrees of the home.
Safeguard Your Thermostat
Avoid having lamps, televisions, and any other electronics near your thermostat. Contrary to popular belief, your thermostat will pick up ambient heat from these sources and force your unit to run longer. Another way to avoid ambient heat is to change your bulbs to CFL light bulbs, which emit less heat.
Turn on your ceiling fan, that’s what it’s there for! Utilizing ceiling fans can save a lot of energy throughout the summer season. A/C’s need breaks too.
There is no reason why you should be paying enormous utility bills when making your air conditioning system more efficient is a breeze. Don’t get heated, just follow these simple steps to reduce your energy and keep your pockets padded.