Living in Florida, we use our air conditioning systems nearly year-round. So, it’s no surprise that running our AC systems account for a significant part of our electricity bills. No one wants to dread opening their electric bill each month, and no one wants to sacrifice home comfort to save a few bucks. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
The Top 14 Energy Saving Tips
With simple energy-saving tips and tricks, you can get the most out of your AC while keeping your home as comfortable as ever. From the smallest tweaks to total revamps of how you treat your system, these tips can be the perfect solution to lowering your bills — no matter what time of the year.
1. Don’t Forget the Ceiling Fans
We rely on our air conditioning systems to keep us cool and comfortable — so much so that many of us forget about our ceiling fans. While ceiling fans obviously can’t replace your air conditioning system, they can help circulate air throughout the rooms in your home. This means you won’t need quite as much air conditioning pushed into the rooms, saving money as a result. For the most efficiency, make sure your fan is flowing air in the right direction.
2. Open the Air Vents
If the air vents aren’t open fully, the airflow from the ductwork will be insufficient. This can cause your AC to work harder to cool your home, using more energy as a result. By opening your vents, you can help air flow freely through your home.
Related: 5 Problems Caused by Closed AC Vents
3. Rearrange Your Furniture
How you arrange your furniture can affect how efficient your air conditioning system cools your home. If your furniture is obstructing the flow of air through the air vents, for example, it may be harder for your AC to bring the room to the desired temperature.
4. Be Aware of Light Bulbs That Give off Excess Heat
Not all light bulbs are created equal and some put off more heat than others. Incandescent light bulbs (100 watts) for example have been rated as one of the most inefficient light bulbs in the market, producing just two watts of light and 98 watts of heat! Check out the light bulbs in your home, see if any put off excess heat, and replace those that do with a more efficient option.
5. Hit the Lights
Speaking of light bulbs, get in the habit of turning lights off when they’re not in use. Even highly efficient light bulbs give off some heat. This means that not only turning off the lights saves energy but it also lowers the heat within your home.
6. Utilize the Blinds
Much like your ceiling fans, the blinds in your home can have a bigger effect on your home’s comfort than you may think. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates you can save around 10 percent on your energy bills each year by closing the blinds during peak sunlight hours.
7. Replace Air Filters Regularly
One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioning system running at peak efficiency is to change the air filters on a regular basis. While we recommend replacing your air filter once per month, there are other factors that can influence how often you change the air filter in your AC system.
8. Look for the Energy Star Label
The Energy Star label is the government’s symbol of energy efficiency. These appliances have been shown to save up to 30 percent on related electricity costs. You’ll find the sticker on your AC system.
9. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a simple way to program your air conditioning system to adjust a set temperature at various times throughout the day. This makes it easy to fine-tune your AC’s usage to your schedule, which cuts down on energy costs as a result.
10. Have your Air Ducts Professional Cleaned
Over time, dirt, dust, and other debris accumulate in your air ducts. This build-up can eventually create a blockage in your ductwork that puts a strain on your system, resulting in decreased efficiency and higher energy bills. Fortunately, getting your air ducts professionally cleaned can help increase AC efficiency and reduce energy costs. Unlike regular AC maintenance, there is no recommended timeframe to have your air ducts cleaned — but we suggest you do so once every five years.
11. Invest in a Zoned AC System
If you live in a multi-story or two-story house, you may struggle with uneven temperatures throughout your home. In addition to your home being uncomfortable, you may be battling high energy bills month after month. Does this sound familiar? For homes like this, a zoned AC system can help. Zoned AC systems enable homeowners to control the temperatures of different rooms and floors in their home while reducing energy costs and improving comfort and indoor air quality.
12. Repair Leaky Ductwork
If you keep getting stuck with higher energy bills despite your best efforts, your ductwork may need a closer look. If your system is not properly maintained, ducts can tear and leak. While these little leaks may seem like no big deal, they can wreak havoc on your system and your wallet — driving up energy costs and the likelihood of repairs.
13. Install an HVAC UV light
Installing a UV light in your HVAC system is a great investment that not only improves your home’s indoor air quality and HVAC system’s performance — but also helps you save on energy costs. UV light improves energy efficiency by removing contaminants that would otherwise accumulate in your ducts and obstruct airflow.
14. Schedule an AC Maintenance Check-Up
If you do one thing on our list, let it be this one. Scheduling regular maintenance for your air conditioning system is extremely beneficial. Not only will routine AC maintenance keep your AC running as efficiently as possible, but it will also increase the overall lifespan of your system.
Best of all, sign up for a Sansone maintenance plan and you’ll get a 15% discount on repairs, plus you can earn up to $50 per year of membership towards a replacement AC system when the time comes. If you’d like to learn more about our AC maintenance plans, contact us today.
AC Service in South Florida
If you need AC service, Sansone is here to help. South Florida homeowners and businesses can always rely on us to provide fast and efficient AC service. Don’t spend another minute uncomfortable in your own home or business today. Contact us today or conveniently schedule an appointment online to get started.