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Saving Energy (and Money) with Your AC Unit in Florida’s heat.

Florida’s sunshine is terrific, but keeping cool can really heat up your wallet! We are in the top 5 states with the country’s most expensive electricity bills on average. But fear not, fellow sunshine staters – there are easy ways to save energy (and money!).

Given that we are AC experts, we’ll stick to what we know: HVAC systems. Let’s face it: keeping cool can get expensive, with your trusty AC unit gobbling up about half (46%!) of your home’s energy use.

Don’t worry, though; we’ve got your back! Keep reading for simple tips that you, your equipment, or us (Home AC Inc, certified technicians) can follow to save energy on your AC and keep that cool feeling without the hot bill blues.

REDUCE THE WORKLOAD OF YOUR AC UNIT YOURSELF (DIY AC HACKS)

SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN BY SPENDING ON THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

SAVING MONEY HIRING TECHNICIANS – WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

REDUCE THE WORKLOAD OF YOUR AC UNIT YOURSELF (DIY AC HACKS)

As with most things in life, we have to start with ourselves. Small lifestyle changes can go a big way in saving energy and money while prolonging the life span of your AC units.

1. Raise the temperature  (a little bit) of your thermostat. 

We all know the feeling: you walk in the door after a scorcher of a day and just want to freeze under the AC. But hold on to your popsicles! Believe it or not, just bumping up that thermostat a teeny tiny bit (we’re talking 1 or 2 degrees) can make a big difference in your energy use. 

Think of it like this: your AC is basically your heat fighter, battling the heat to keep you cool. The higher you set the thermostat, the less your AC has to fight, which means less energy is used. Plus, you might not even notice that small temperature change, but your wallet sure will when that next electricity bill arrives—woohoo! So, raise the bar (on your thermostat, that is) and reap the rewards!

2. Give your AC a break. 

Decreasing your AC’s workload has (logically) a direct impact on your home’s energy usage and, consequently, lowers your electricity bill. During the day, sunlight peeking through your windows is basically a heat lamp for your home, making your AC unit work harder to reach the desired temperature. Block the sunbeams out with curtains or blinds whenever possible; this keeps the heat from sneaking in and makes your AC’s job way easier.

Conversely, when the Florida air cools down at night, open those windows wide and let Mother Nature take over. You’ll be surprised how refreshing that cool night air can be, and your AC will get a well-deserved break, as will your wallet.

3. Clean or replace your AC filters. 

As with most of our tips in this blog, the key to money and energy savings is making your AC’s job as effortless as possible. When your AC’s filter is dirty or clogged, it can still fight the heat, but it has to work way harder!

Cleaning your filter regularly (like once a month during peak season) will make your AC work more efficiently, require less energy, and even keep you more comfy. If your filter is past its prime and can’t be cleaned anymore, replacing it with a new one is key.

Depending on your AC’s type of filter, they usually need to be replaced every 2 or 3 months considering how dirty it is, if you have pets at home, how many people live at your home, etc. Look into your unit’s manual to see how to clean and replace the filter or give us a call at +1(407) 724-5615 and we will be happy to help!

4. Your other home equipment plays a part as well!

Your oven, dishwasher, dryer, and other electrical equipment are heat-generating machines, making life harder for your AC to cool your home whenever they need to work simultaneously. If possible, use them in the evening or morning and avoid them during the hottest time of the day.

Be strategic with your equipment and make small changes in your lifestyle following these tips, and you will stop getting those crazy numbers on your electricity bill. With that said, if you want to take a step further, you can also look into improving your HVAC equipment.

SAVE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN BY SPENDING ON THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

Investing in a high-efficiency AC unit or smart thermostat might seem expensive upfront, but think of it as a long-term money-saving strategy. These upgraded systems use less energy to keep you cool, which translates to lower electricity bills year after year. Let’s explore some of the most effective ones:

1. Smart Thermostats

Be honest: how often do you forget to adjust the thermostat when leaving the house or heading to bed?  A smart thermostat can be your new best friend for saving energy on your AC. You can program it to automatically raise the temperature slightly when you’re away or sleeping, and lower it again before you head home. This way, you’re not cooling an empty house, which saves energy and keeps your electricity bill chilling.

Plus, smart thermostats are like mind-readers (almost).  Some can learn your routines and adjust the temperature accordingly. So, if you tend to wake up at the same time each morning, your smart thermostat can pre-cool your bedroom for a comfortable start to your day, without running all night!

2. High-efficiency filters

A high-efficiency air filter is like a clean air filter for your car. It lets clean air flow freely, allowing your AC to work less intensely to keep you cool. This translates to using less energy and potentially lower electricity bills – happy planet, happy wallet!

High-efficiency filters also do double duty by trapping more dust and allergens from circulating in your home. This can be especially helpful for allergy sufferers and improves overall indoor air quality. So, a high-efficiency filter is a win-win for your comfort and energy efficiency.

Do you have no idea which filter is ideal for you? Check out these best-ranked filters in the market and learn today! 

3. Smart Vents

Do you ever feel like some rooms in your house are cooler than others, even with the AC running?  Smart vents can be your new best friend for creating a more balanced, energy-saving cooling experience.  These clever vents allow you to control airflow to specific rooms. So, if your guest room is rarely used, you can close its vent slightly, directing more cool air to the rooms you use most. This way, you’re not wasting energy cooling unused spaces, which translates to, you guessed it, lower electricity bills and a more comfortable overall temperature distribution in your home.

4. Buy the right AC unit for your home

An air conditioner that’s too big for your home might seem powerful, but it’s like buying a giant truck for daily errands – overkill!  A large AC unit cools your space down quickly, but then cycles on and off frequently, wasting energy. 

On the other hand, a “cheaper” or smaller AC unit might not have the power to cool your house effectively while always over-exerting itself, which might spend more energy and deteriorate on the long run. 

Buying the right size AC unit for your home’s square footage and insulation level is vital to saving energy and money. 

An appropriately sized unit runs for longer cycles, maintaining a comfortable temperature without straining or wasting energy. This translates to lower electricity bills and a happier planet. A correctly sized AC unit may last longer, saving you money on future replacements. 

So, when it comes to ACs, size does matter, and choosing the right one is a win-win for both your comfort and your wallet. 

Which takes you to our next point, how certified technicians like our experts at Home AC Inc can help you choose the best AC for your home and save money.

SAVING MONEY HIRING TECHNICIANS - WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

Our expertise in handling HVAC systems makes us an excellent partner when trying to extend the lifespan of your AC unit, save energy and money on the electricity bill, and set up your home to be at its most efficient. Here are a few ways we can help:

1. Analyzing your home and choosing the AC unit that works for you. 

Technicians can make an in-depth analysis of your home’s cooling needs. We study your house to discover the perfect formula for your HVAC system, studying factors like its size, insulation levels, sun exposure, and even the number of people living there.  

By considering all these details, your Home AC Inc technician determines the exact cooling capacity your home needs. This ensures you don’t end up with an AC unit that’s too big or too small, wasting energy and money.  

The upfront cost of this study can save you a ton on your electricity bills for years to come and extend the lifespan of your AC unit, keeping your wallet happy and your cool air perfectly sized for your home.

2. Be ahead of the problems with regular expert maintenance. 

It is common practice to ignore the AC unit once it’s bought until when it’s too late and not working correctly anymore, and they are not getting any cheaper. 

Investing in regular maintenance for your AC unit can prevent much more expensive problems, like having to buy a new HVAC system or replace accessories. Plus, technicians can improve the performance of your AC unit to have it cooling your house more effectively and with less effort. 

Regular AC maintenance helps you save money and energy in many different ways. Depending on the AC unit, the dirt of the house, pets, and the number of people living at home; the suggested regularity of maintenance may vary but you should at least have a yearly check up on your AC units. Book one now with Home AC Inc!

3. AC Clean-up and tune-up. 

During maintenance, the technician does a deep clean, tackling dust bunnies and grime that can clog your system. They’ll also check for any loose parts or minor issues and ensure everything runs smoothly. It’s like giving your AC an internal spring cleaning and a check-up all rolled into one. The benefits? A cleaner, more efficient AC unit that uses less energy to keep you cool.

4. Spot and repair leaks

Leaks in your AC system and home can be like sneaky energy thieves stealing your cool air and driving up your electricity bill.  Imagine your AC unit working hard to pump cool air throughout your house, but leaks allow that precious coolness to escape – not ideal!  Whether it’s a leaky duct in your walls or a faulty seal around your AC unit itself, these leaks force your AC to work overtime to maintain the desired temperature.

That’s where spotting and repairing leaks come in.  A qualified HVAC technician can track down those sneaky leaks and seal them up tight. This keeps your cool air where it belongs – circulating effectively in your home.  With less leakage, your AC doesn’t have to work as hard, saving you energy and potentially lowering your electricity bills. So, be on the lookout for any unusual moisture or coolness around your vents or AC unit, and consider scheduling a professional inspection for peace of mind (and a cooler wallet).

So there you have it! From simple DIY tips to professional maintenance, there are many ways to keep your AC unit running smoothly and efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. Remember, a happy AC means a happy wallet (and a cooler you!).

Ready to control your energy use and keep your home comfortable all year round? Home AC Inc. offers free consultations and quotes to help you find the best solutions. We now have the Home AC Inc. annual maintenance plan to keep your HVAC system in top shape throughout the year!

We are your trusted partner for all your HVAC needs in central Florida.  Contact us today at +1 (407) 724-5615 or www.homeacinc.com to discuss your options and keep you cool all summer!

So there you have it! From simple DIY tips to professional maintenance, there are many ways to keep your AC unit running smoothly and efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. Remember, a happy AC means a happy wallet (and a cooler you!).

Ready to control your energy use and keep your home comfortable all year round? Home AC Inc. offers free consultations and quotes to help you find the best solutions. We now have the Home AC Inc. annual maintenance plan to keep your HVAC system in top shape throughout the year!

We are your trusted partner for all your HVAC needs in central Florida.  Contact us today at +1 (407) 724-5615 or www.homeacinc.com to discuss your options and keep you cool all summer!

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