The unofficial start of summer has begun and the heat is on! Even in the coolest parts of the year air conditioning is the largest energy expense in most homes and during the summer, those bills get even higher. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to help keep energy costs down, especially when the mercury starts rising.

Circulate the air. Use your fans (either ceiling or standing) to help circulate the air around your home. Although fans will not generate cool air like your AC unit, they will keep the air moving so your AC system does not have to work quite as hard.

Make use of blinds and curtains. When the sun shines into your home, it causes the temperature to rise and forces your air conditioner to work harder to keep your home cool. By keeping curtains and blinds closed, you will maintain a more balanced temperature, so your AC unit runs more efficiently.

Invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to automatically adjust the temperature at certain times of the day, so you don’t have to be home to save energy.

Schedule a maintenance check. Regular air conditioning tune-ups and maintenance optimize efficiency, improve comfort, enhance indoor air quality, lower repair costs, AND help lower monthly electric bills. Call Northeast Florida Heating and Air today to learn more about our affordable maintenance programs, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our Comfort Consultants.

Check the vents. Make sure all vents leading into and away from the AC unit are clear of debris. Clogged vents will force your AC system to work harder to circulate the air, which is a major waste of energy.

Grill instead of bake. When the oven is on, it works against your AC unit by filling your home with hot air which, as you can imagine, forces your AC unit to work even harder. A grill, on the other hand, doesn’t affect the indoor temperature of your home so it actually saves energy. On those very hot days, consider using your grill, or preparing a no-bake meal.

Keep windows and doors shut. This seems like it would be a no-brainer right, but you would be surprised how often a small window is left open, or how the opening and closing of a patio door can affect the efficiency and energy use of an AC unit.

Want your AC system to run more efficiently and lower your monthly electric bills? The NATE certified technicians at Northeast Florida Heating and Air can help! To learn more, about our products and services, or to schedule your free indoor comfort assessment, call Northeast Florida Heating & Air today at 904-783-7003. We are North Florida’s heating and cooling experts since 1987.


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