The consistent use of air conditioning for at least 6 months of the year in Florida means fairly high energy bills for a good portion of the year. You can give yourself a financial break if you work on improving cooling efficiency in your home. Fortunately, a few simple changes can make a big difference.
Use these tips to improve the efficiency of your cooling system and give yourself a raise:
- Make sure the A/C air filter is clear of clogs. Air filters capture dust, debris and microscopic air pollutants when the A/C is running. When the filter gets clogged, it compromises the A/C’s ability to cool. Once a month, check the air filter. If it’s clogged, replace it with a high-efficiency air filter.
- Give your air conditioner an annual check-up. Call in an HVAC technician once a year to inspect, clean and tune up your A/C. This will allow the system run more efficiently throughout the long Florida cooling season, which saves on energy dollars.
- Install and use a programmable thermostat. If you and your family are out of the house a good deal of the day, a programmable thermostat will help lower your energy bills. When no one is at home, a properly programmed thermostat keeps the temperature at a more energy-efficient setting. Then, before the first person is scheduled to return home, it brings the temperature back to a more comfortable level.
- Inspect and seal your ductwork. If your ductwork is more than eight to 10 years old, it likely has holes or gaps that allow cooled air out into the attic or crawlspace. Have a professional inspect the ductwork and make any repairs. This can save up to 20 percent on air conditioning costs in an older home.
If your A/C is nearing the end of its operating life, consider replacing it with an Energy Star certified cooling system. These systems are far more efficient than models manufactured even 10 years previously.
If you want to learn more about improving cooling efficiency in your Saraota-Bradenton area home, please contact us at Aqua Plumbing & Air.