But, in all seriousness, it is undeniably summer! Our Snowbirds have flocked back up North, leaving us full-time residents to enjoy less traffic and congestion, reduced restaurant waiting times, fewer shoppers at the grocery store…but wait, the exit of snowbirds also signifies that our temperatures are intensifying. June 20 officially marks the First Day of Summer, and although we are living in warmer climates, there are certain things to help us remain calm, cool, and collected for the next sweltering months.
One of the most important aspects to keep in mind is maintaining a cool house!
So before the smoldering heat takes a toll on the operation of our A/C systems,
Here are our Top 10 Tips to get you there! (Article Tips courtesy of Angie’s List)
- Call Service Professionals: Each central air conditioning unit should be inspected, cleaned, and tuned by a licensed, bonded, and insured professional at least once a year- preferably twice a year. Professional maintenance typically costs around $100.00, however, if you belong to our Preferred Customer Service Agreement Holders, there are much more savings to be seen. Call and ask for more details!
- Filter Check: Check the air filter once per month and replace it as needed. This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air. Replacing filters is one of the easiest and most effective methods of conserving energy and saving money on your HVAC usage. And much like changing the oil in your car, it’s a critical step in maintaining your system’s well-being
- Don’t take the Heat: Don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat-producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. Thermostats should not be located near heat sources such as direct sunlight, appliances or outside walls.
- Dial-Up for Less, Dial down for more: 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. According to one of our local electrical suppliers LCEC states that the difference between a setting of 78 degrees and 73 degrees is about 50 %. Smart thermostats help ensure accurate control.
- Set it and Forget it: If it’s hard to remember to tweak your thermostat before you leave for work, consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat or a timer for your window unit. Again, this will allow you to save 8% for each degree over 78. A neat bit of information to take note of is when considering a new system. Please note that new variable capacity systems have the ability to allow you to feel about 3-4 degrees cooler at higher set temperatures, due to the superb dehumidification systems, thus making SW Florida living much more comfortable without hurting your piggy bank!
- System Replacement? The average lifespan of an A/C system in Southwest Florida is 12-15 years. You may find your old air conditioner is no longer efficient and it may be time for a replacement. When considering replacement, consider the following: age, lower utility costs, efficiency, quieter operation, better dehumidification and warranty programs on new units.
- Weatherize: You want your cold air to stay in and hot air to stay out. Some basic weatherization steps can prevent air loss when you need cool air the most. Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping. Add insulation around air conditioning ducts. Lastly, make sure windows are properly closed and/or upgraded.
- Landscaping 101: 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, which can contribute to longer run times from A/C or uneven temperatures in the home.
- Relieve debris: Keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping about 2 to 4 feet away from your outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow.
- Install window film to save energy: 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
HAPPY COOLING AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS
TAKE SERVICE A STEP HIGHER WITH SERVICE PROFESSIONALS!