Summer Energy Saving Tips – Part 1 of 2
Check out these Summer Energy Saving Tips – Part 1 of 2 – to help you stay cool through Florida’s summer heat without breaking the bank.
Tip #1 – Adjust Your Thermostat
Studies show setting your thermostat to 76 ° can save you around 10-15% on electricity costs. Just a slight temperature difference is enough to accumulate significant savings during the summer months and beyond.
Another tip is to set the thermostat to the highest temperature you can, without feeling uncomfortable. Also, we recommend turning your thermostat up a few degrees when you leave home.
In addition, studies show you can save up to 10% a year by using a programmable thermostat. This device allows you to maintain a set schedule at your desired temperature throughout the day, whether you are home or away. You can also adjust the temperature from your smart phone when your routine changes.
Tip #2 – Turn On Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans come in all shapes and sizes. Not only do they complement your décor, they keep you cool during the summer.
In fact, a quality fan will allow you to raise your thermostat’s setpoint about four degrees, while maintaining the same level of comfort. To maximize the effectiveness, make sure your blades rotate in a counterclockwise direction in the summer.
Tip #3 – Seal Gaps And Cracks
Those gaps and cracks around your windows and doors may look small, however, they can have a significant impact on your home’s energy consumption. In the summer, the hot outdoor air infiltrates your home through these openings.
This breach places added demand on your AC, minimizing your home’s thermal efficiency. Take time to apply weather stripping to your doors and windows to reduce your home’s temperature and save you money in the long run.
Tip #4 – Assess The Duct Work
Your nice, cool air travels throughout your home in duct work. Unfortunately, many homeowners have leaky, inefficient ducts, which forces your AC system to work longer and harder to get your home to the right temperature.
To ease your mind and pocketbook, consider having an inspection performed to resolve any potential issues. Call our office to set up an inspection, (239) 693-9005
Tip #5 – Maintain Your AC Equipment
For many of us, our air filters remain out of sight and out of mind. However, replacing your air filter regularly can help reduce your energy bill.
When you skip this important task, your filter becomes bogged down with excess dust and debris, making it challenging for your AC to keep your home cool. Furthermore, we recommend scheduling a maintenance appointment for your AC at least twice per year, which will ensure your equipment is running properly and efficiently.
In summary, these tips will help you minimize energy use and save money. Sunset Air and Home Services has been serving SW Florida for over 20 years. The foundation of our culture is finding the right solution for our clients and never selling them something they don’t need. Contact us to learn more: (239) 693-9005