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As summer approaches, you’ll want to turn your Bradenton home into a cool oasis in the Florida heat and humidity. Make sure your home is up to the challenge by making these five electrical updates before the height of summer.

Home Energy Efficiency Audit

When it comes to energy usage, many Bradenton homeowners aren’t sure where they stand. After all, if you’ve never analyzed your home’s energy consumption, it’s hard to know where to begin reducing your usage or updating your capacity.

Get started the smart way, and schedule a Home Energy Efficiency Audit with Aqua Plumbing and Air. Our whole-home audit helps you understand how much energy your home uses overall and identifies areas where you could make improvements. Our professional energy auditors also pay special attention to your home’s HVAC system to identify ductwork leaks and signs of a sub-optimal system operation.

Ceiling Fans

In Florida, the cooling season often lasts for more than half the year. If you’re not careful with air conditioning usage, however, your family’s utility bills might be sky-high for much of the year. Fortunately, ceiling fans offer an effective and inexpensive solution, lowering the average electric bill by as much as 40 percent.

In most homes, ceiling fan installation is a relatively straightforward DIY project and involves basic fan assembly and electrical connections. If this sounds too complex, call the experienced electricians at Aqua Plumbing and Air for help with installation.

During the summer months, be sure to operate your ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction. This will move cool air downward and generate a mild wind chill effect on your skin. Though ceiling fans can’t lower the indoor temperature in your home, they can provide the illusion of cool.

Smart Thermostat

A new smart thermostat is the ideal complement to newly installed ceiling fans. Together, these two devices can help you save big on each utility bill while still keeping the heat and humidity at bay. Like ceiling fans, smart thermostats can be easy DIY projects. When you schedule our experienced technicians to do the job, however, we’ll make sure it’s done right, and we’ll even show you how to set up the device.

Make the most of your smart thermostat by programming your family’s schedule into the device. To save the most energy, you’ll want to set the thermostat to 76 degrees when the family is home to enjoy the cool air. When you’re at work or school during the day or asleep at night, dial the settings back by eight to 10 degrees. Explore the device’s smart capabilities by connecting it to your home’s Wi-Fi and changing the settings from afar.

Energy-efficient Lighting

Upgrading your home’s lighting is one of the easiest ways to keep cool while lowering your costs. At Aqua Plumbing and Air, we recommend replacing standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Though you’ll need to make a minor investment in new bulbs, the payoff can be big. After all, 90 percent of the energy that incandescent bulbs generate becomes heat. When you replace these outdated bulbs with new energy-efficient versions, your home will cool slightly without having to pay more in air conditioning costs. Switching out light bulbs in lamps and ceiling fixtures can make a difference, but you can make an even bigger impact by installing energy-efficient, under-counter lighting or landscape lighting.

GFCI Outlets

After turning your home into a cool oasis, you might end up spending more time indoors during the summer months. Make sure your home can handle the added burden from televisions, computers, media devices, and more by installing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). These devices are built into your home’s electrical outlets and monitor the electrical current that interacts with plugged-in devices.

When the GFCI senses a discrepancy, it shuts off the flow to protect your home’s electrical system and the device in question. With GFCIs in critical places such as bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor spaces, you can keep your cool and maintain your home’s electrical flow all summer long.

No matter which electrical upgrades your home needs, the professionals at Aqua Plumbing and Air are here to help. Call us to schedule a Home Energy Efficiency Audit or learn about our other electrical services today: (941) 306-3715.

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