Having a Cool Summer
Battling Florida’s summer heat is no easy feat. Our air conditioners work around the clock to keep our homes cool and comfortable, and our pockets suffer the consequences. We have to pay air conditioning service technicians to repair damage from excess use, and we have to pay high energy bills every month.
According to U.S. climate data, Florida’s eastern coastal region is expecting temperatures in the 90s all summer long. Our air conditioners will be putting in overtime, which means higher energy bills and more air conditioning repairs.
Despite the increased need for A/C services in the summer months, there are a few tips that can help you can beat the heat and conserve energy. Using information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Air & Heat compiled a list of money-saving ways to avoid air conditioning repairs and high energy costs:
- Use fans throughout your home to circulate cool air instead of relying on a low air conditioning temperature.
- Set your thermostat to the highest setting possible. Turn your A/C up during the day when no one is home. The closer the indoor temperature is to outside, the less energy your air conditioner uses. (To save even more energy, turn the A/C off and only use the fan setting.)
- Check your size before the hottest summer months are here, get your air conditioner inspected by a service technician to ensure you have the right size and your system is functioning properly.
- Avoid using any heating appliances until the outdoor temperature has cooled down. Ovens, lamps, dish washers, etc. release a lot of heat and require your air conditioner to work harder to cool off your home. Waiting until dusk or later to turn on your appliances will save you money and save your air conditioning from needing repairs.
- Always look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuidelabels when shopping for new air conditioners or air conditioning parts to find the most efficient models.
Save your air conditioner and save money this summer – follow these tips to conserve energy.