Did you know your home’s heating and cooling costs make up around half of your monthly energy bill? Over the summer, the average Florida household pays between $200 and $230 a month for energy — that’s $50 to $100 more than what you pay over the winter! With numbers like these, who wouldn’t want to cut down on energy use over the summer?
When it comes to your air conditioner, maximizing efficiency is the key to reducing energy use and lowering your monthly bill. Here are few ways to save this summer:
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. This makes use of energy when you really need it and reduces consumption when you don’t, and you don’t even have to be in the house to use it! Many programmable thermostats have Wi-Fi capability that allows you to access it from your phone or computer.
With a programmable thermostat, you can program your AC so it doesn’t have to work as hard when you’re out of the house or crank things up when the sun reaches its peak. For example, if you work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no one else is going to be in the house at that time, you can set your AC to a higher temperature during those hours. You can even program the thermostat to start cooling things off 15 minutes before you usually get home, so cool air will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Change the Filter
It’s important to replace your AC filter every month, but it’s especially helpful to change it at the beginning of a new season. When dirt, dust, and other debris build up in your filter, air cannot flow through it as easily. This means your AC has to work harder to circulate air through your home, using up more energy.
Schedule an AC Maintenance Visit
Just like your car requires oil changes and tuneups to run smoothly, your air conditioner requires regular maintenance to run at maximum efficiency. Having a technician perform maintenance on your AC unit at least twice a year will not only increase your system’s overall efficiency, but will also help to prevent the need for costly repairs down the road.
At Air Tech of Central Florida, our professional AC technicians follow a 21-step maintenance checklist that includes everything from cleaning your condensate drain line to inspecting each part to ensure it’s working properly. Call us to schedule an appointment today!