During the hot Florida summer months it's easy to rack up a high electric bill.
Here are a few ways you can save money and still stay comfortable.
Did you know that setting your air conditioner only 5% higher can save up to 20% on cooling costs? You may not want to completely turn the thermostat off when you leave the house – but if you get into the habit of turning it to at least 80 degrees you will notice a significant decrease in the amount of your electric bill.
If you install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat – It can save over $200.00 per year and usually pays for itself within the first year. Some programmable thermostats even allow you to connect them to your computer for programming, and most models are very user friendly.
Always try to look for ENERGY STAR products.
These appliances are up to 40% more efficient. If you do a little searching on the internet you can usually find rebates and incentives in your area.
Using fans will reduce air conditioning costs as well. A fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler and you will be able to set your thermostat a few degrees higher and still feel comfortable.
Try to keep windows and doors shut and close your shades during the day.
Simply having your Air Conditioning unit serviced regularly can cut your cooling costs by as much as 15%.
The average home loses 15% to 25% of its cooling through leaking ducts. Have your heating and cooling ducts professionally sealed or replaced.
Regular maintenance will help your air conditioning system operate efficiently and last longer. When you have your air conditioning unit serviced twice a year you can cut up to 17% of cooling costs.
Be sure nothing is blocking your air conditioner.
To operate efficiently, an AC system needs free flowing air. Make sure any returns inside the house are not blocked by furniture or other items. Filters should be checked monthly.
If you replace your old air conditioner with a high efficiency unit, you will definitely see a difference. New air conditioners use up to 40% less electricity than older models.
If you have any questions, call Sean McCutcheon's Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. at 941-921-7208 or visit http://www.keepingsarasotacool.com/.
At Sean McCutcheons Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We give our customers the quality and service they expect!