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It doesn’t matter where you are, as the temperatures rise in summer, so do utility bills. The biggest increase is due to energy costs from air conditioning. However, there are some small steps you can take to make those bills a little lower. Changing some habits, conducting HVAC maintenance, and making use of some accessories can add up to some big savings. Check out Air Boca’s list of five ways to save and stay cool this summer!
1. Use A Fan
Using a ceiling fan in a room can help your AC do its job. While ceiling fans don’t actually cool the room, they do make you feel cooler by creating a wind-chill effect. That effect can change the feeling of the temperature up to 8 degrees cooler! It is important that you only run the ceiling fan when you’re in that room; otherwise, you’re not getting the benefit – and wasting electricity.
2. Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Maintaining your air conditioner is important to keep it running at its peak performance. Frozen coils, clogged filters, and low refrigerant are all common problems that can prevent your HVAC from cooling your home efficiently. Air Boca recommends having your AC checked every 6 months to a year. Also, make sure you are changing your air filter regularly and checking your ducts for leaks, too!
3. Turn The Temperature Up
The optimal temperature for your AC is 78 degrees. According to the EPA, raising your temperature 2 degrees can lower your energy bills by 14% even if you’re running a fan, too. When you leave home, set it up to 85 degrees. Many people believe if they turn the AC to a very low temperature when they come home, it will cool the house down faster, but that’s not the case. It takes the same amount of time to cool down, and you’re more likely to forget that you turned it down so much, wasting electricity. These days, smart programmable thermostats, like Nest and ecobee, make it even easier to control your AC unit. Some of them even connect to your home WiFi, so you can control your HVAC unit from your smartphone!
4. Avoid High-Heat Activities During The Day
There are many activities that can heat your home. Refraining from activities that generate heat until the sun goes down, like cooking and drying clothes, can help your home stay cool. If you need to dry clothes during the day, let the sun’s heat work for you – put those clothes on a clothesline outside! Even the type of lightbulbs that you use can heat your home. Incandescent light bulbs waste about 90% of the energy it consumes in the form of heat, and that heat will make your house warmer. Switching to a compact fluorescent light bulb or an LED will help you save money in two ways. First, it’ll lower the heat in your house which lowers your energy bill. Second, those types of bulbs are more energy efficient, and that will lower your bills too.
5. Keep Blinds And Curtains Drawn
Keeping blinds and curtains drawn during the day will keep the sun’s heat from coming through the window and bringing up the temperature in your home. Consumer Reports suggests that installing an awning over windows can reduce solar heat gain by up to 77%. Similarly, you can plant trees in the right location that can provide natural shade your home and keep you cool in the summer. Not only will it reduce your utility bill, but it’ll also make your yard look great, too!
Let Air Boca Keep You Cool This Summer
In South Florida’s summer, air conditioning isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. Performing regular maintenance will keep your air conditioner running its coolest and avoid issues before they start. No more waiting forever for your home to cool down, and no more unexpected breakdowns. Contact Air Boca today, 24/7, seven days a week at (561) 750-1625