Do you cringe every time you open your monthly electric bill? You’re not alone. In Florida, we rely on our air conditioners almost year-round, especially during the hot summer months. While we cannot make your energy bill disappear, we can give you a few tricks of the trade to help you cut down on energy costs. Here are a few things that you may be unaware of that are costing you more money with your air conditioner.
You try to cool your home faster. We get it. It is Florida, it is summer and it is hot! When you get home, you want that air to work immediately, so you set your thermostat at a super low temp; however, this will not make your air conditioner work faster. Unless you have a two-stage unit, your air conditioner only works at one speed. Lowering the temperature past your comfort setting only makes the air conditioner run longer and costs you significantly more money.
You leave your thermostat at the same setting. According to ENERGY STAR, you could be wasting as much as $180 per year by leaving your thermostat at the same setting all the time! To save money, change your thermostat setting when you leave the home for 8 hours or longer. During the summer months, set the thermostat 5 to 8 degrees higher, and in the winter, 10 to 15 degrees lower. When you get home, reset the thermostat back to your comfortable setting. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that can be set to your schedule and automatically adjust your temperature.
Your AC is the wrong size for your home. Whether too large or too small, an improperly sized air conditioner can result in inefficient energy usage and higher bills. The Comfort Consultants at Northeast Florida Heating & Air can review your current system and needs to determine if it has the capacity to adequately cool your home.
Your SEER rating is below 13. The SEER rating measures your air conditioning system’s energy efficiency by calculating the cooling output divided by the amount of electric energy input. A higher SEER rating means better efficiency and most modern AC units will feature a SEER rating of 13 or higher. Older AC units can have a SEER rating of only 10 or even lower and work almost twice as hard trying to constantly achieve comfortable temperatures. If you are concerned about your AC system’s efficiency, consider replacing your older AC with a newer unit. The initial cost will eventually be worth the investment in terms of reduced energy bills and savings on maintenance.
If you are interested in a new air conditioning system for your home or office, or would like information on our preventative maintenance plans, please call Northeast Florida Heating and Air today, at 904-783-7003 to schedule your free consultation with one of our Comfort Consultants. We are Jacksonville’s most trusted heating and cooling company since 1987. maintenance plans, please call Northeast Florida Heating and Air today, at 904-783-7003 to schedule your free consultation with one of our Comfort Consultants. We are Jacksonville’s most trusted heating and cooling company since 1987.