AC energy costs account for approximately 27 percent of utility expenses in the average Florida home. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think to cut those energy bills down to size. Here are five proven ways to pay less on your home’s cooling costs and hold onto more of your hard-earned dollars.
Give Windows a Makeover
Up to 20 percent of summer heat enters your home as sunlight. Adding blinds or shades gives you an affordable way to beat the heat. With their pleated, insulated air pockets, cellular shades can reduce solar heat gain by up to 80 percent!
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans let you raise the setting on your AC thermostat 4 degrees with no loss in comfort. The moving air keeps you cool by increasing evaporation on your skin. Because the fan cools you, not the air, remember to switch it off when you leave the room.
Change the Filter
A clogged or dirty filter impairs airflow, forcing your cooling system to run longer to keep you comfortable. Check the filter every month and replace it at the first sign of dirt. Keeping the filter clean can cut AC energy consumption by 15 percent.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Don’t waste money cooling your home when you’re not in it. Today’s smart thermostats can adjust AC operation automatically according to your schedule. Models with Wi-Fi capability let you access settings and track energy usage from your smartphone.
Check the SEER Rating
A cooling system’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures its overall efficiency. If your air conditioner has a SEER rating of less than 10, consider a new AC installation. Thanks to strict new efficiency standards, you’ll recoup the upfront cost quickly through monthly energy savings.
Since 1983, Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning has helped residents and business owners in Central Florida save money on AC energy costs. To learn more about our energy-saving strategies, explore our air conditioning services or call (888) 831-2665 today!