AC Tips For Any Season (Part 1 of 3)
SW Floridians depend on their AC Units to operate properly all year long. Whether you are a full time resident or a snowbird, taking care of your AC equipment should be a priority.
Below we have identified several timeless tips (In a 3-part series) for you to follow no matter the season, to ensure maximum comfort for everyone in your household. As an added bonus, you may save money on your energy bill.
Tip #1: Gradually Change Thermostat Settings
Here’s an efficient way to ease into the Florida winter and save a few dollars on your energy bill. First, set your thermostat to your desired temperature.
Then, gradually lower the thermostat by one degree as you begin to acclimate to the cooler weather. You may be surprised at how much money you can save with just a one-degree reduction.
Tip #2: Seal Your Home
Close exterior windows and doors tightly when your heater or AC is running. Caulk around windows, weather strip around doors if you feel a draft, and add door sweeps to the bottom of exterior doors.
Tip #3: Replace Your AC Filter
In the tropics of SW Florida, we use our AC system nearly year-round. Consequently, our air filters collect debris, dirt, dust, and dander more frequently.
It’s important to keep in mind that changing your air filter regularly is necessary for healthy air quality, equipment efficiency, and a comfortable home temperature. If you are a seasonal resident, you may choose to opt for a 3-month time frame for replacing your air filter.
Other reasons to change your filter more frequently include:
- Someone in your household has respiratory conditions, asthma, or allergies
- If you live in a larger home which requires more air circulation
- Owning pets that shed and track in dirt
It is important to note we perform a comprehensive check on your filters, equipment, and health of your system with each maintenance visit.
Tip #4: Keep AC Vents And Doors Open
Many people close off vacant rooms in their houses thinking they are saving money and energy. They close vents and doors, believing they are improving their home efficiency.
Unfortunately, when you close vents in unused rooms, it throws off your system’s balance and places more pressure on your system. This pressure build-up can potentially lead to increased damage and other costly issues.
TIP #5: Operate Ceiling Fans
While they are not designed to be air conditioners, the cooling effect from ceiling fans allow you to set the thermostat a few degrees higher and remain cool. This will also save you a few dollars a month on your energy bill.
At the end of the day, ceiling fans enhance your comfort; however, they do not actually lower the temperature of the room.
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