For most South Florida residents, the summertime means higher energy bills. The higher summer temperatures make your air conditioner work harder and more often to cool down your home and keep it that way, but there are a few things you can do around your home to help cut down on energy costs.
Your Air Conditioner
The most obvious way to solve high cooling costs is to upgrade your air conditioner. All Year Cooling offers several top of the line air conditioners; many of which qualify for the federal government’s tax credit of 30% of the cost of a new air conditioner (including installation costs) up to $1,500.
If you’re unsure of whether you should upgrade your air conditioner, just give us a call. One of our air conditioning experts will answer your questions and will help you decide if it’s time for an upgrade. Homeowners who replace their old air conditioner with a new one may end up saving hundreds of dollars a year in cooling costs depending on the specifics of their old and new air conditioners.
Keep Cool Air Indoors
Beyond replacing your old a/c, there are other steps you can take to be more energy efficient this summer. Start by sealing up your home. You pay to cool down your indoor air so keep it indoors. No use in air conditioning the outdoors, right? Weather stripping, sealing and caulking windows and doors can go a long way in preventing air from escaping.
You may also consider insulating your home. All Year Cooling uses Owens Corning blown-in fiberglass insulation. Not only do we install the insulation, we make sure that your attic can breathe once it is installed. We’ll even make sure that your ductwork is not covered by insulation; something the less scrupulous companies tend to ignore. Also be sure to seal and repair inefficient or leaky ductwork to improve efficiency.
Patio covers, awnings, solar window screens and strategically placed trees and shrubs are effective ways to keep the sun from heating up your home in the summer. If you have westward facing windows, this could be especially helpful.
Simple Lifestyle Adjustments
Some of the easier lifestyle adjustments you can make include running your washer, dryer and dishwasher in the morning or later in the evening when outdoor temperatures are lower. Make sure that you clean your dryer’s lint trap after each use, and run full dryer and dishwasher loads to avoid using the equipment more than is necessary.
Opt for your dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes. The dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing. Air drying the dishes will save even more. Use your microwave instead of your oven or stove to cook when possible. This is not only quicker, it uses less energy. Keep your refrigerator full, too. With a full fridge, you’ll keep it from warming up too quickly when you open the door.
Some of the more traditional approaches to energy savings include switching to energy efficient CFL light bulbs, setting your air conditioner to 78 degrees when you’re home and 85 degrees when you’re out, and turning off your lights and appliances when they are not in use. Unplug chargers and consider a power strip to shut off computers, printers, televisions, DVD players, etc. when not in use.
Stay tuned all summer long for more energy saving tips from All Year Cooling.