Those of us in South Florida are no strangers to the summer heat. To keep your home cool and energy efficient, follow some of these helpful tips!
1. Make sure your home is properly insulated. This helps to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. The better insulated your home is, the less cool air it will take to cool it.
2. If your central A/C is over 12 years old, you may want to consider replacing it with a newer, energy efficient model. This could help you cut your energy costs by about a third!
3. Call GMC AC Services at least once each year to have your A/C serviced!
4. Ensure your doors and windows are properly caulked. A 1/8th inch gap in your doorway is essentially the same as a 6 in square hole in the center of your front door, you'll lose a lot of cold air!
5. Get your windows Energy Star qualified!
6. Purchase energy saving light bulbs for your lights. Using these bulbs can cut a great deal off of your energy bill.
7. Install a programmable thermostat. It only takes a few minutes to program but the benefits will be endless. These thermostats can be programmed to turn up the A/C when you're not home and cool the house down when you are!
8. Install ceiling fans in your home. They consume less energy than your A/C and can save you money while keeping you cooler.
Call the pros: All central air conditioning units should be inspected, cleaned and tuned by a professional.
Change your air filter regularly: This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter gets clogged, your system will have to work overtime to supply the same amount of cool air.
Made in the shade: Air conditioners placed in an area with proper shading can be more efficient. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the surrounding air, meaning the A/C will have an easier time cooling the air.
Don’t take the heat: Your thermostat will pick up on the heat of objects around it, such as laps, televisions and other appliances. This can cause your A/C to think the house is hot, and it will run longer than necessary.
Dial for dollars: Remember that each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy consumption by about 8 percent. If your monthly electric bill is about $100, you’ll save $8 a month with EACH degree you can stand above 78.
Set and go: If it’s hard to remember to tweak your thermostat before you leave for work, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. Set the A/C to change temperatures at specific times during the day so you don't have to worry about it!
Time to replace? You may find your old air conditioner is no longer efficient. Consider replacing your unit with an energy-efficient model. They’re usually more expensive but thanks to federal tax credits and competitive prices, the prices are falling, and because they use less energy, you save in the long-run, too. When replacing your A/C, look for a properly sized unit. If you install a unit that is too large, it will cycle on and off – reducing the efficiency of the system.
Don’t cool the whole neighborhood: Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping. Add insulation around air conditioning ducts.
Feel the breeze: If your home has ceiling fans, switch your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise in the summer. That will push the cool air down. You can run a ceiling fan half the day for about $1.50 a month, compared to $25 for your A/C.
Watch the pavement: Avoid landscaping with lots of rock, cement, or asphalt on the south or west sides of your home. If it’s not shaded it will increase the temperature around the house and radiate heat.
Free from debris: Keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping about two to four feet away from your outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow.
Install window film: A great home improvement idea is to install home window film or tint to the insides of your windows. Not only can it help keep your house cooler in the summer, but also warmer in the winter.