The Sunshine State’s spring and summer weather can be overwhelming for many homeowners, and the air conditioning system you have in your home is no exception. Having a great system still means that you should take every opportunity to improve A/C efficiency and keep you and your family as comfortable as possible.
Improve A/C Efficiency of Your Current Unit
There are a few common sense tips and a few that might not be as obvious to most people. All of these are offered as a way to minimize energy costs, keep you and your family cool, and reduce the wear and tear on your heating and cooling system.
- Check and replace the air filter every month.
- Make use of ceiling fans. As the fan cools occupants with the breeze it generates, the thermostat can afford to be inched up a few degrees. Turning the fan off when you leave the room saves more energy.
- Ensure your home’s ducts are clean. Dirty ducts will restrict airflow and introduce dust, dirt and allergens into living spaces. This isn’t a do-it-yourself project though. Contact an experienced professional to handle the task for you.
- Don’t cool the outside. Keep doors and windows closed while the A/C is working. To improve A/C efficiency, maintain the home envelope as it was designed.
- Insulation of the proper type and amount should be installed in all exterior walls, attics, crawl spaces and around any plumbing or electrical intrusions through those walls.
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