You’d like to act responsibly with your energy usage this summer, but let’s face it: St. Augustine heat can be unforgiving. How could anyone withstand 90-degree afternoons without a cool breeze? But before you crank up your AC to full blast, remember your wallet. Staying cool and comfortable is great in the short term, but you may think twice after you receive your utility bill. Try out these tips to protect your wallet without leaving you to sweat it out this summer.
Use a Ceiling Fan
This option may be obvious, but it’s more effective than you assume. As your fan circulates the cold air being pumped out of your vents throughout the room, less stress is placed on your HVAC system. If you’re still not convinced, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that if you use a ceiling fan in combination with your air conditioner, you could raise the temperature on your thermostat by four degrees without a reduction in comfort.
Schedule Regular Maintenance & Change Filters
If you can’t recall the last time you’ve done so, schedule a maintenance appointment to ensure your HVAC system is operating at peak efficiency. With the help of a trained technician, proactively check for issues before a malfunction or other problems strike. Be sure to change your filters at least once a month, check for duct clogs or debris buildup, and ask your technician about maintenance agreement options.
Turn up the Thermostat Before You Go
Gone for the day? Turn up your thermostat several degrees (or as close to the outdoor temperature as you can stand) while the house is empty, and close all windows and window coverings. Blocking out the sun will prevent excessive heat from creeping in. Many homeowners assume that significantly adjusting the temperature throughout the day will cause their AC units to become overworked, but that isn’t actually the case. If you have a programmable thermostat, set a schedule so that the temperature adjusts before you return home. This method is also supported by Lauren Urbanek, an expert and senior energy policy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
If you suspect that low efficiency is to blame for your HVAC system’s performance, get help from the experts. Steve Chapman’s All American Air has served St. Augustine, FL, and surrounding counties for more than four decades, and our consistent quality has gained the trust of the local community. Give us a call at 904-461-0070, and we’ll help you get the most out of your AC this summer.