10 Cooling Tips for Summer- Part 1
10 Cooling Tips for Summer – Part 1 can help you save a few dollars each month.
For most Floridians, your AC is the largest consumer of energy in the home. In fact, during the summer months, it works overtime to keep us cool from the rising temperatures. As a result, we typically experience a seasonal spike in our electric bills. Therefore, to help you save money, check out these 10 cooling tips for the summer.
Set your thermostat to 78° F or higher.
This setting, or higher, will help to maximize energy savings. Therefore, be sure to set the fan mode to “Auto.” For every degree above 78, you can save up to 10% on cooling costs. In addition, you could also save about $300 in annual energy costs if you set your thermostat to the recommended temperature year-round. For even more savings, raise your thermostat to 82° F or higher when you leave.
10 Cooling Tips for Summer – Part 1: Lower the temperature by 10° on your water heater.
Lowering the water heater by 10° is typically unnoticeable; yet can result in significant savings. When you leave town, turn it off. Most models will reheat the water to your set temperature in about an hour, upon return.
Replace the AC filter regularly.
Replacing your filters regularly keeps your AC operating efficiently. Therefore, for those of us in SW Florida, we recommend changing your filter every 3 months in the summer.
10 Cooling Tips for Summer – Part 1: Use your ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans are an ideal solution to making you feel several degrees cooler without lowering the temperature in the room – all while using a fraction of the energy expended by your AC. So, when you adjust your clocks to spring forward, rotate your ceiling fans counterclockwise for optimum performance.
Clean the lint filter.
Your dryer operates more efficiently and dries your clothes quicker when lint is removed from the filter before every load.
Use the auto sensor function on your dryer.
The sensor will keep tabs on when your clothes are dry and turn the dryer off automatically. As a result, you conserve energy and your clothes remain in good shape.
10 Cooling Tips for Summer – Part 1: Close your blinds or shades.
Don’t let your AC do all the heavy lifting. Keep your blinds closed and curtains drawn. As a result, you can save up to 10% on your electric bill and keep your house cooler by 20 degrees.
Turn off the lights.
In addition to turning lights off when you leave the room, consider using natural light alone during the day.
Upgrade your windows.
Impact/energy efficient windows are standard with most new home builders in Florida. If you have an older home, upgrading your windows is safer, will help conserve energy, and contribute to a higher resale value.
10 Cooling Tips for Summer – Part 1: Keep vents and interior doors open.
By keeping doors open, you are allowing air to circulate efficiently, which eliminates hot spots and regulates the temperature within your home.
Take control of your energy consumption by following these 10 cooling tips for summer – Part 1. Consequently, you can save a significant amount of money. Contact us when you need AC repair or a new AC unit. Rebates are available this summer. 239.693.9005.