With fall already here, winter will be upon us before we know it. People who live elsewhere in the U.S. are steeling themselves for snowstorms and bitter freezes, but we’re pretty fortunate here in Palm Beach County. Preparing for winter usually looks like wearing a light sweater or trading a day at the beach for an indoor activity.
Of course, there are still actionable steps you should take even though we’re lucky enough to have mild winters. To keep your air conditioning unit in prime condition year-round, you should follow these tips to keep your Palm Beach-area air conditioning unit in fantastic condition.
1. Keep Your AC Unit Clean
You should keep your air conditioning unit clean all year, but it’s especially important in winter. If your unit isn’t clean, it won’t be able to heat your home effectively. Change your air conditioning filters regularly and check your outdoor unit to make sure there isn’t any debris blocking your airflow.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat
According to Florida Power & Light, you save 5 percent on your monthly heating bills for every degree you lower your thermostat during winter. To make optimal use of your air conditioning unit, you should keep your home or business at 65 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re heating your property. Keeping your thermostat at a low temperature will save you money in the long run.
3. Take Advantage Of Sunlight
While you may need to crank on the heat when it’s chilly outside, you should also take advantage of nature’s heater: the sun. Keep your blinds open and allow sunlight to filter into your home by allowing light in through windows that face south. You’ll get the benefit of natural light around your home while also keeping things warm for free.
4. Talk To A Professional
While there are steps you can take on your own to make sure your air conditioning unit is in shape for winter, calling an expert is never a bad idea. For example, you’ll need professional help to check your coolant level. You can even ask an air conditioning expert about changes you can make to save money in the long run, like upgrading your unit to make it more energy-efficient.
If you’re in Palm Beach County or the surrounding areas, give Air Boca a call at 561-750-1625 for a free estimate. Our team is available all hours of the day to help you prepare your home.
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