Our air conditioners here in St. Augustine, FL, get a work out, and this can sometimes show in your monthly utility bill. There are some simple ways to reduce the workload on your air conditioner that don’t require an overhaul of your system. Here are some suggestions from the helpful AC experts at Climate Masters:
- Install ceiling fans – ceiling fans help circulate the air enough to make it feel 2-3 degrees cooler inside your home. This can allow you to set the temperature on your thermostat a little higher, which will reduce the workload on your AC.
- Change the air filter – a dirty, clogged air filter can add a lot of strain to your air conditioning system. Changing it regularly every three months (sooner if you have pets and/or smokers in your home) can ensure that the filter will work as needed.
- Upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one – a non-programmable thermostat will shortchange you of having excellent control over your cooling. How? With a programmable thermostat, you can create a program to power down your AC when no one is home, reducing the workload and energy usage of your system.
- Hang drapes or blinds to block the sun – every home gains a certain amount of heat throughout the day – this is known as heat gain. An easy way to significantly reduce daytime heat gain is by using blinds or long drapes on your windows.
- Install a whole home dehumidifier – an upgrade to your AC system, and whole house dehumidifier removes the excess moisture from your air before it can enter your system. This means your system has far less air to dehumidify and makes it easier to cool your home.
We hope this list has been helpful, and remember: the experts at Climate Masters are here to help you with all of your air conditioning needs – just give us a call!