Exciting news: South Florida winter days and nights are quickly approaching, which essentially means we won’t need to blast our air conditioners! Typically, when temperatures drop we Floridians are somewhat clueless when it comes to maintaining our air conditioning units; do we shut them off completely or let them run even though it’s freezing out? Below are some tips we’ve devised to help you and your family maintain your air conditioning units during these next chilly months.
Make sure you have scheduled a fall HVAC maintenance visit. It’s important to get your heat pump checked and serviced once a year, preferably before the heating season begins. By doing this, one of our air conditioner specialists can check all of your air conditioners components and assure you everything is in working condition.
Your system’s filter should be replaced regularly. Check it monthly to make sure it is not clogged; it should be replaced every 3 months. Having a clogged filter obstructs airflow through your system, which not only wastes energy, but also increases the amount of dust and pollutants circulating in your air. If your filter is white, and a light can be shined through it, it is still usable. However, if your filter is covered with dark gray debris, it is time to replace it.
Do you know just how much of the air from the system is actually reaching the anticipated destination in your home? If the ductwork has holes, tears or any other damage, a significant amount of the air traveling through can leak out before it can be circulated throughout your home. In turn, this creates less air, making it take a longer time to heat your home to its ideal temperature, therefore forcing your system to run longer and waste energy. Inspect your ductwork and if there is damage, it can usually be repaired with metal tape or mastic sealant (an All Year Cooling specialist can do for you).
The most efficient way to save energy (and keep your bill at a manageable rate) is to understand your thermostat. If you lower your thermostat by just a few degrees, it can save a considerable amount of energy throughout your home. During the colder days here in Florida, keep your thermostat around 68 degrees. It is always a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat. This allows you to keep your home comfortable while you are at home, but will automatically switch to a cooler, more reduced energy-saving setting during the day when no one is home.