Keeping your home comfortable and saving energy simultaneously seems easier than it actually is but we are here to show you just how simple it can be to keep your AC running. Follow this guide from your Tampa Bay HVAC friends at Blair’s Air for all the essentials!
A/C How To: Adjust the Fan Setting
Is your thermostat fan set to On or Auto? A simple switch back and forth could cost or save you about $25 a month. When your fan is set to auto you conserve energy by only having your fan run when your AC is blowing out cool air. If your fan is set to on then it is blowing out air constantly regardless if it’s being cooled or not.
A/C How To: Set the Right Temperature
The ideal temperature setting for central air conditioners is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Although personal preferences differ, every degree that you lower your temperature to adds an estimated 10 percent to your utility bill. By keeping fans on to circulate the cool air in your home you can keep your temperature setting higher and put less pressure on your air conditioner.
A/C How To: Change the Air Filter
Set a reminder on your cell phone or write it on your calendar, but you must change your air filter monthly in order for your air conditioner to function at its full potential. Not only is a dirty air filter harmful to your health by circulating dirty air, it also makes it more difficult for air to flow in and out of the system making it less efficient to cool your home.
A/C How To: Clean the Vents and Ducts
Over time, your air vents and ducts collect dust and debris which creates an environment suitable for mold and algae growth. It is recommended that you have your ductwork inspected every three to five years to ensure that there isn’t a leak causing cool air to be emitted where it shouldn’t, like inside the walls. Cleaning your ducts and air vents will increase your air quality.
A/C How To: Shut the Door
If there are rooms in your home that aren’t used often then close the air vents and shut the door to keep cool air from having to fill those rooms. This could decrease your energy bill tremendously.
A/C How To: Keep it Shady
Sun radiating through your windows causes the heat to rise and your air conditioner to work harder. Keep your curtains drawn when the sun is at its hottest and you’ll be sure to keep your air conditioner from working as hard as it’s use to.
A/C How To: Close the Cracks
Scheduling a home energy audit could save your air conditioner and your budget. Cool air can escape from cracks, windows, walls and outlets. Having your home looked at for preventing cool air from escaping will save you a ton in the long run!
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