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Summers in St. Augustine, Florida, can be brutally hot, bringing increased utility bills. Thankfully, you can save money on cooling costs this summer by making some simple changes in your energy consumption habits.

Change the Air Filter Monthly

Did you know that dirty air filters can cause your air conditioner to break down? Clogged filters reduce your HVAC system efficiency, resulting in higher energy costs. You can avoid paying higher bills and prolong your air conditioner’s life by simply changing its air filters once a month during the summer.

Use the Auto Setting

Your AC’s “auto” setting has the advantage of using less energy because the fan only runs during the HVAC’s cooling or heating cycle. This means that the fan switches off once the room has reached the desired temperature. The “on” setting keeps the fan running constantly which wastes energy. While you will lose some home comfort and air quality benefits, opting for the “auto” setting means a decrease in utility bills, which is a must when you’re trying to keep costs in check.

Cover Your Windows

There are many things you can do around the house that will help your air conditioner to do its job. Solar screens, window blinds, and drapes are low-cost ways of keeping the sun and heat out of your home. Window covers are especially necessary on east- and west-facing windows, so keep the shades up or the curtains drawn during the hottest part of the day.

Control the Humidity

Increased humidity levels can make a room feel hotter than it actually is, which is why controlling indoor humidity is crucial. If you’ve noticed your home has a humidity issue, try running a dehumidifier. You can opt for a portable unit, but whole-home dehumidifiers are great options for homes that deal with humidity on a regular basis.

For more cost-cutting cooling solutions, contact Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating today at 904-222-8411. Our air conditioning services and products will have your home cooled to satisfaction in no time!

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