Who doesn’t love running their air conditioning all day long during the summers in Orlando. What we don’t love about our Orlando heating and cooling system is paying a high utility bill. If you’ve been looking for a way to save energy and money at the same time, here are some ideas on how to make that happen:
- Line the attic with insulation. Hot air can escape from the attic into your home, making it harder to keep cool. Add a few inches of insulation to combat infiltrating air.
- Seal air ducts and leaks. If there are leaks in the ductwork, cool air will escape and not reach the living spaces. Sealing leaks will keep the AC efficient.
- Change out light bulbs. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs generate less heat, which translates into energy savings.
- Use heat-generating appliances sparingly. Bake food, run the dishwasher and dry clothes when it is cooler outside. The decreased daytime energy usage will save from straining your AC.
- Shun the sun. Solar heat steals any energy savings you may have accumulated. Awnings, curtains, shades and shutters effectively block the sun to keep heat out of your home.
- Embrace the night. Take advantage of cooler nighttime air and open the windows. Turn on a fan to draw in the cooler air as well. Close the windows in the morning to trap the cool air.
- Turn on the fan. Whether you use a box fan, ceiling fan or desktop fan, it will cool the air a few degrees.
- Turn up the thermostat. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home. If you plan on being away from home for a while, turn the thermostat up to 82 degrees.
- Use a programmable thermostat. You can enter various settings on a programmable thermostat so that the AC runs at a certain temperature at certain times of the day.
For all of your Orlando heating and cooling needs year-round, contact Del-Air at 888-831-2665 – we’re always open.