Can Your AC Reduce Your Electric Bill?
With summer very much here and the hottest days still ahead of us in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, most homes will be using air conditioning equipment continually. While AC will surely make your indoor environment more comfortable, it does come with costs as you well know. Regular servicing of your air conditioner will help to keep it in good condition. And, it will also help reduce your electric bill.
In addition to regular air conditioning maintenance, there are other tested and proven methods that could help in keep your electricity bills manageable. The tips suggested below can go a long way in bringing down energy costs significantly during summer.
Be Sure to Turn Your Lights Off at Night!
This is a very basic and simple tip that really could help save a serious amount of money on energy costs. If you ask any AC installer in West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens or any of the surrounding areas, they will most certainly ask you to raise the thermostat of the air conditioner at the night. FPL recommends setting the thermostat to 78 – 80 degrees at night. Doing this will afford a dramatic reduction in your electric bill very quickly!
The reason for this is quite simple. The evening air is usually at least 10 degrees cooler. This is one of the simplest ways to cut down on energy costs for running air conditioners in your home while still maintaining comfort.
Make Use of Timers and Thermostats
Each and every degree matters when it comes to air conditioning bills, especially in this South Florida heat. Modern-day air conditioners come with the best of thermostats and timer functions. You should set your thermostat at a comfortable level. This will ensure that your air conditioning unit does not have to fret and fume and work that much harder. FPL recommends keeping your thermostat between 76 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the day if you or your loved ones are home. If your home is mostly vacant during the day, you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher to save energy. Avoid setting the thermostat at low temperatures during summer. This leads to putting higher pressure on the compressor and will most certainly result in higher energy bills. Setting it a degree warmer could help you to save as much as 10% on your energy bills and this certainly is a big saving, to say the least.
Shut Out the Sun as Much as Possible
If you are really big on reducing your air conditioning bills, smart use of sun shades, window screens, venetian blinds, roller blinds, and other shade products could make a big difference. Plantation shutters or even lined curtains could also filter the hot and uncomfortable ultraviolet rays quite significantly. Of course, this only works when curtains, drapes, and blinds are kept closed.
Nothing much can be done to bring down the ferocity of the South Florida summer heat, but you can use various shading techniques effectively to ensure that the heat inside the home is reduced significantly. During the day, you it is important that all doors and windows are closed properly so that there is no escape of cool air from your rooms. Leakage of cool air is another culprit as far as your energy bills are concerned and therefore should be avoided as much as it is possible.
Avoid Heat Emitting Devices & Appliances
The oven in your kitchen along with other kitchen appliances, your television, computer, printer, the lamps throughout your home, all generate a huge amount of heat. All together they can certainly put quite a bit of strain on your air conditioner. The AC units work harder to keep the temperature comfortable and to your liking. The best thing is to turn off the above devices if you are not making use of them.
Be Sure You Have the Best Insulation
Insulated homes and rooms are not only important for keeping the home warm during winter. Insulation also plays a big role in ensuring that your rooms continue to be cool and offer the best performance of your air conditioner. Therefore, you should be sure that your windows, doors, attics, roofs and other constructions as well as fixtures and fittings are always insulated as much as possible.
Keep the Air Conditioner Clean
Regular servicing, overhauling and general maintenance of your air conditioner and identifying minor repairs in the early stages are our few final points that could help you keep your energy bills under control. It is important to spend a few hundred dollars on regular maintenance and servicing of your air conditioning machine during summer to avoid big replacement costs down the line. Better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to your AC unit. Anything less than 100% efficiency when it comes to air conditioners could be a big drain on your energy costs. You could end up paying as much as or more than 40% extra for your AC bills.