Running an air conditioner, especially in the warm climate of south Florida, will often make up the largest piece of a home’s energy costs. So if you’re looking to cut back on your energy costs, one of the best ways to do that is to find ways to cut your air conditioner energy costs. Unfortunately, with Florida’s very hot climate, air conditioning is necessary for many people. Nevertheless, there are a few things you can do to help trim your energy budget.
- People often overestimate how cool they need the interior of their home to be. Sometimes we simply get into a habit of setting it at a certain temperature and then forget about it. However, for many people, the temperature could easily be set one or two degrees higher and still maintain a comfortable space. The key for comfort is usually humidity control, so as long as the air conditioner is running just enough to keep the humidity down, the temperature isn’t always as important. Try to experiment with your own thermostat and see if that single degree really makes a difference.
- Interior fans use much less energy than the air conditioner, so turning on ceiling fans or even standing fans to help circulate cooled air around the house can be a great help to reduce costs but still maintain an comfortable environment. Fans used in this way can be helpful to offset any discomfort from raising the thermostat a degree or two.
- Probably the best way to reduce energy costs is to make sure your air conditioning system is properly maintained. Dirty filters or ducts, a malfunctioning compressor, or any other issue that might arise within the system will make it run more with lower output. This will obviously cause your energy bills to rise. So be sure to maintain your air conditioning system appropriately, and if the air conditioner is old, consider getting a new one that will run better and help reduce costs in the long run.
If you have any questions about lowering your air conditioner’s energy costs, or about appropriate air conditioner maintenance, be sure to contact All Day Air Cooling and Heating. Call today: (239) 357-0727.