Dear Rick, My electric bill skyrocketed this summer, and I suspect my air conditioner was the biggest contributor. Do you have any thoughts on how to reduce my bill while still maintaining a cool house?
Yes! Unfortunately, the heat is just part of living in the South. There are a few strategic moves you can make to keep your home cool in spite of the rise in temperatures.
One of the best ways to decrease your power bill is to let us install a programmable thermostat. When correctly used, programmable thermostats will be able to control the temperature by decreasing the use of your HVAC system during the hottest part of the day, when you are not at home, or when you are sleeping. Some thermostats may even be controlled by an app on your smart phone, allowing you to vary the temperature remotely.
Another way to reduce your power bill is to use ceiling fans instead of moving the air in your home via your unit’s fan. Setting your fan to the “auto” position not only will reduce energy usage, it will reduce wear and tear on your system. Letting the fan inside your unit run continuously will also reduce its ability to remove humidity from your dwelling, making your living conditions even more uncomfortable.
Some of our customers assume that closing off vents to unused or seldom used rooms will increase efficiency in cooling the rest of the house. This is kind of true, but not really. If your HVAC system is sized appropriately for the flow of your house, closing off any ducts will only reduce the cooling effects of the system by creating pressure imbalances and increasing the likelihood that your air ducts may develop leaks.
For other ideas on how to reduce your HVAC system’s energy use, or if you experience problems with your system, Bradenton’s best AC repair company has qualified, friendly technicians standing at the ready to assist you.
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