Posting Date: June 11, 2018
Posted by: Keith Durand, Orlando, FL Branch Manager
When you live where we do, a cooling bill is among your most costly home expenses – but there are ways to chip away at your energy usage so your bill is more manageable when it arrives.
Try these seven cost-effective tips to help you reduce your cooling bills this summer.
- Target used rooms for cooling – If you have a central air system, close vents in rooms you’re not using; if you have a ductless system, take advantage of zone cooling to direct cool air where you need it most.
- Use ceiling fans – Ceiling fans work great – especially when you use them with air conditioning. Circulating air feels cooler – so much so that you can raise the thermostat by about four degrees with no loss of comfort. Just make sure your fan blades are turning counterclockwise to pull cool air up rather than pushing rising hot air back into the room (see your owner’s manual for directions for switching the rotation of your ceiling fan).
- Check and change your air filters – A dirty air filter will cause your air conditioner to work harder to force air through your ducts, reducing efficiency and raising your bill (and eventually causing other problems, like costly air conditioner repairs). Air filters are inexpensive to replace; check yours monthly, and plan to change it at least once every summer.
- Install reflective window treatments – trapped solar energy can really heat up a room, multiplying already high temperatures and giving your A/C a mountain of heat to climb. Reflective window treatments can send some of that heat back where it came from, reducing the cooling load on your A/C.
- Take advantage of your programmable thermostat – Use the timer on your thermostat to run your house slightly warmer when no one is home and when you’re sleeping. During the day when you’re home, target a temperature of about 78 degrees – a temperature the Department of Energy says represents the best balance of comfort and energy savings.
- Keep your cooling system maintained – Performing routine maintenance won’t just keep your equipment running at peak efficiency, it will also help prevent premature equipment breakdown. A small investment in a Broward Service Plan is one of the best ways to save money year after year on your cooling bills.
- Consider an upgrade – Energy efficiency matters, whether you’re buying a central air conditioner or heat pump. A new-model high efficiency air conditioner can save you 20-30 percent on your monthly bills compared to your older model, so it will pay for itself in just a few years – especially when you consider manufacturer’s rebates and other incentives on an A/C upgrade.
Our experts can help you choose a cooling system that’s a perfect match for the conditions of your home, with options available in all sizes and configurations.
Contact Broward today to sign up for a Broward Service Plan, or to get a FREE, no obligation estimate on a new high efficiency cooling system for your home!