Summer is quickly approaching – that means beach trips, days at the pool, and, yes, the hottest temperatures of the year.
When Florida residents want to beat the heat, their first instinct is to crank down the AC unit. Unfortunately, however, this leads to higher than average energy bills that can be hard on bank accounts.
At Veteran Air of Sarasota-Bradenton, we know that staying cool is a top priority; but is there a way to do it and still save some money in the long run?
Here are our top 5 tips on lowering your monthly AC bills all summer long.
- Change Your Air Filter Regularly
Regularly replacing your air filter is a great way to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. On average, experts say it should be changed at least once a month; more if you have multiple pets inside your home.
While this is a good rule of thumb all-year long, it’s even more critical during the summer months when your AC unit is working harder than usual.
- Make the Most of Floor and Ceiling Fans
While we tend to lean on our air conditioners throughout summer, fans are an inexpensive alternative to cooling down your home. Studies have shown that AC units use over 100 times the amount of energy as a fan on its medium setting.
Most homes have ceiling units in place, anyways - why not put them to work?
- Set Your Thermostat to 78 or Higher
Are you at work most days during the week? Don’t run the air conditioner for an empty house.
If you’re going to be out of the house for a significant amount of time, setting the thermostat to, at least, 78 degrees is a great way to lower energy costs. A programmable thermostat can automatically lower and raise the temperature so you don't have to do it everytime you leave or come home.
- Close Your Blinds and Shades
If you have blinds, shades, or curtains on your windows, pulling them closed during the day is a smart way to help cool off your home. This prevents sunlight from beating in and helps to naturally lower temperatures by a couple of degrees.
- Get Out of the Kitchen
For many people, firing up the grill is a favorite summer activity – but did you know it can help lower your energy bill, as well?
When you turn on your oven, it forces your AC unit to work harder than usual to keep temperatures where you want them. Grilling outdoors not only provides tasty meals but it helps keeps the house cool at the same time.
Let Your Sarasota-Bradenton AC Company Keep You Cool This Summer
No one wants to suffer inside a hot house during summer.
Veteran Air is here to help. Aside from these great energy-saving tips, we can make sure your AC unit is in top-notch shape. After all, a poorly maintained air conditioner is just one more thing that will raise the price of your energy bill.
If you have questions about your HVAC system, contact us today at 941-751-6180 to set up an appointment.
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