Let’s face it, when the summer heat hits Brooksville, it feels like you’d melt without working air conditioning — no matter how long you’ve lived in Florida. But cranking up the A/C also means sending your energy bill through the roof. If you want to keep cool this summer without spending an arm and a leg, try these energy-saving tips:
Start With a Seasonal Tune-Up
Did you know that seasonal tune-ups can go a long way towards prolonging the life of your air conditioner (and your HVAC system as a whole)? It’s true! Making sure your A/C is in good shape, and that nothing damaged it during the winter, will help your system last longer and help it run more efficiently. Just call your local air conditioning repair service to schedule this service. The A/C repair technician will come to make sure your system is in good working order and prepared to run at its most efficient all summer long.
If any air registers are blocked by furniture or rugs, this can make your system work even harder to cool your house. Over time, the harder your A/C has to work, the more that will negatively affect the lifespan of your air conditioner — and the more energy your system will need to use to do its job. Shift furniture and move rugs so that none of your vents are blocked, and you may be surprised at how much cooler your rooms are without any other changes to your thermostat.
Use Fans to Supplement
Have you noticed that some areas of your home stay cooler than others? According to the Department of Energy, you can use fans to circulate air throughout rooms, allowing you to raise the temperature on your thermostat around 4 degrees without noticing a difference in ambient temperature. You can do this with ceiling fans, stand fans, and any other option made to circulate air. Set your ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise, which will pull air from the sides of the room and push it straight down, offering a better cooling effect. And, bonus, most fans use a lot less energy than it takes to operate your HVAC system, so you can save on energy consumption. Upgrading to Energy Star ceiling fans can help you save even more.
Close the Curtains
As homeowners, it’s great to have lovely, wide windows to let in a lot of sunlight. On sunny summer days, though, all of that sunlight is probably increasing your energy bill. Just like the sun can raise the interior temperature of your vehicle by several degrees, it can also heat up the inside of your home, especially any windows that get direct sunlight (i.e. they face east or west). Close the curtains or lower your blinds during the day to keep the sun from warming your home. Even better, invest in reflective blinds, blackout curtains, or honeycomb shades, which block sunlight and also help heat bounce off instead of entering your home.
The other big reason for higher energy bills during the summer is poor insulation. Just like you can have heat leak out during the winter, if you have poorly installed windows or insufficient insulation, all that cold air your HVAC system produces might just be leaking out instead of cooling your home. Check the attic insulation and feel around exterior doors and windows. If you’re not sure, most A/C repair technicians can also run a quick scan of your home with heat-mapping technology to see what’s going on in your home.
If your A/C is out of commission or you’re looking for a tune-up, trust the local professionals. Connect with Prestige Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC. for HVAC maintenance, air conditioning repair, and more in the Brooksville area. Call today to schedule!