Summertime is getting closer by the day and in the tropical climate of Sarasota Florida, air conditioners will be working overtime. Power bills are almost always much higher in the summer than any other time of year. While you may not be able to keep your bill exactly as low as during the winter months, there are plenty of things you can do to bring the bill way down.
Air conditioners must be maintained to run at peak efficiency. Changing your air filter regularly and cleaning the vents is a good start but not enough. Find a full service HVAC company in your area and sign a maintenance contract. This way you never have to worry about remembering to call someone or finding out how to do it yourself. Most AC manufacturers will not honor the warranty on your unit if a certain amount of regular maintenance is not performed. Signing a contract is surprisingly affordable, keeps your warranty in tact, and documents the work done in the case that you would need to provide it to the manufacturer. The air conditioner is one of, if not the most expensive appliance in your home. Do yourself a favor and extend its life by having regular checks, cleanings, and tune ups.
Buy an Efficient Unit
On of the best ways to save money is by paying attention to efficiency when buying a unit. The higher the efficiency of the unit the more it will cost you in the beginning, but the energy savings along with the tax credits you can get will more than make up for the extra cost. Air conditioner efficiency is rated in terms of SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. SEER ratings tell you how much cooling you get back for a unit of electricity. The higher the number the more you get for your money.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is especially useful if your house is empty for part of the day. This will allow you to set your unit to a more efficient temperature while you are gone and then have it drop back to a comfortable level thirty minutes prior to arriving at home. You can also set a different temperature for when you are asleep as opposed to when you are awake. Most programmable models can be set for a certain day of the week so you can have different settings for days when you are home like the weekend.
Consider Zoning Your AC and Heating Unit
Many people can save energy on cooling costs by using a zoned system. This can be as simple as using two cooling systems. For example, two-story homes are warmer upstairs as heat rises. If one are of the house is unoccupied you can turn that system off. If it is occupied, having two units will make sure each system is not overworked.
If you have any questions about how to save energy costs while keeping your home cool call 7th Generation Air Conditioning and Heating today at 941-966-1684.