We are back in the peak vacation rental season in South Florida, and while the snowbirds love the sunshine, they keep their air conditioners running pretty much 24/7 anyway. Whether you are a landlord or you live here in Southwest Florida all year round, there are several simple and inexpensive ways to help reduce your energy bill.
- You should check your AC’s air filter regularly. A dirty filter can both increase energy consumption and also damage your equipment, so it can cost you money in both the short- and long-term. This is a quick and easy exercise that really makes a difference.
- Your window treatments, such as shades, blinds, and other coverings, can be your wallet’s best friend. Before you leave for work in the morning, pull down the shades on the windows on the sides of the house with the most sun exposure. If you are going away for a weekend, you can pull all the blinds. This reduces the greenhouse effect of glass and sunlight, lowering the temperature in the immediate area of the window a great deal, and reducing the overall house temperature by several degrees, which over the course of the year can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
- Be sure to get your system checked each year by a licensed HVAC technician. Here at D and D, our Comfort Care Service Program offers a comprehensive tune-up and cleaning, with satisfaction guaranteed Your system will run better and more efficiently, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing there are no current problems, and you also get Preferred Customer status, with discounts on repairs. Call us at 239-204-2943 to set up an appointment today.
- Check your house for leaks. Air leaks under doors, around loose-fitting windows, and other small cracks lead to lost cold air going out and hot sticky air coming in, making your AC unit work harder. Seal the leaks up with simple stripping or caulking, and your house will run like a tight ship.
- The hotter your outdoor unit is, the harder it has to work. Give that equipment a breather: put it in the shade. Plant some shrubs on the sides of the unit that get the most sun exposure. This will help it to run more efficiently and also make it less likely to break down due to heavy loads.
- Finally, if your system was installed a while back, consider installing a programmable thermostat. These can raise the temperature while you and the family are at work or at the beach, and lower it in time to be comfortable on your return. All that time, the unit is running less often, saving you money.
These are just simple steps, but taken together, they can save real money on your AC, and also leave you with peace of mind, too.