Controlling your residential energy costs in South Florida means doing a few simple things, some of them regularly.
Up to 50 percent of your residential energy goes to keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter (well, mainly cool in the summer). Simple things you can do with your HVAC system include:
1) Change the A/C filter regularly. On a monthly basis, check your A/C’s air filter, especially during our long cooling season. Change it when it looks dirty. A dirty filter slows airflow to the A/C, making your system work harder.
2) Schedule annual maintenance. Just as tuning up your car increases your gas mileage, tuning up your cooling system is a good way of controlling energy costs. Arrange for a tune-up every year and you can be confident your cooling system doesn’t decide to stop working in the middle of July (plus your energy bills will be lower).
3) Put in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set energy-saving temperatures to fit your daily and weekly schedules. When you’re at work during the week, the temperature can be programmed several degrees higher than when you’re home, and then return to your comfort level a half hour before you’re due to get home.
3) Seal your ducts. Your ductwork distributes cool air from your A/C to your living areas. Just sealing and insulating ducts can lower cooling costs by 20 percent.
4) Put in Energy Star certified cooling and heating equipment. When it’s time to upgrade your cooling or heating equipment, makes sure your HVAC contractor offers you system choices that boast the Energy Star logo. You’ll benefit both with better performance and energy efficiency. Remember, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent — so have a qualified HVAC technician install your new A/C or heat pump.
For expert advice on controlling energy costs in your South Florida home, please contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’re family-owned, serving South Florida with a high level of customer satisfaction since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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