Yesterday marked the first day of summer, but temperatures have consistently reached into the 90s for some time now. Today, at AYC headquarters in Plantation, Florida, outdoor temperatures are 91 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees. One of the most common problems that homeowners have during the summer months is keeping energy costs from skyrocketing.
With temperatures in the low to mid-nineties and the heat index flirting with 100 degrees, it’s no wonder that so many homeowners turn their thermostats way down to stay cool. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep cool without breaking the bank.
For instance, try turning your thermostat up just two degrees. FPL recommends keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees. If you normally keep your thermostat set to 74, try setting it to 76 for a few days, then try 78. Don’t tell the rest of your family. Chances are they won’t even notice the difference!
Control your humidity. Most South Florida residents realize that outdoor humidity can affect the perceived temperature outdoors, but what many do not realize is that indoor humidity may also affect our perceived temperature indoors. Lowering humidity in your home can help you feel cooler, which allows many homeowners to set their thermostat at higher temperatures without sacrificing their comfort.
Many newer air conditioners include standard or optional humidity control features. Dehumidifiers may also be effective. One of the best ways to control humidity is to make sure your air conditioner is properly sized. An air conditioner that is too large will not run long enough to adequately remove humidity from your home. Air conditioners that are too small will run continuously and increase energy consumption and costs.
Also try turning on a fan. It won’t lower the temperature, but it will make you feel cooler. When you leave the room, remember to turn the fan off. Also avoid running your washer, dryer and dishwasher during the day when temperatures are high. Run these appliances in the morning or evening when temperatures are lower. This way, your air conditioner will not have to work as hard to make up for the added heat that these appliances give off.
And, of course, upgrading your air conditioning system to a more energy efficient system can help to reduce monthly energy bills. Government standards now require new air conditioners to operate with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 13.00 or higher. Many units installed just five years ago do not meet this standard.
All Year Cooling offers air conditioners that meet, exceed or greatly surpass the 13.00 SEER standard. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information about energy efficiency and one of our air conditioning experts will help you determine which air conditioner is right for you.