Summer has come early this year, with the heat index all ready reaching over 100 degrees. As temperatures increase so can your utility bill. Cooling systems have to run longer during the summer, even when the thermostat is set at a fixed temperature. In fact, cooling the house in the summer makes up almost 50 percent of the electric portion of the utility bill.
Cool Connections recommends these tips to save on your utility bill.
- Set the thermostat at 78 – 80 degrees in the summer and 3 -5 degrees higher when you are not home but don’t turn it off or you will lose your humidity control.
- Use insulated drapes, blinds, or shades on windows.
- Always use the thermostat “auto” setting instead of the “on” setting for the air handler.
- Use ceiling or box fans in occupied rooms in the summer to make it feel 3 to 5 degrees cooler. Because this will make you feel cooler, you can raise your air conditioning thermostat setting, which saves more money than the cost of running fans. Remember fans cool people not rooms
- Check and/or change/clean air filters monthly. We recommend that you only use the filter size and type that are recommended in your HVAC system owner’s manual.
- Seal the leaks in your duct work. Don’t forget the leaks around the air handler unit.
- Weather strip doors and windows. Repair or replace broken or cracked windows. If you add up all the leaks in a typical home it would be a basketball-size hole in the side of your house.
- Install a programmable thermostat if no one is routinely in your home during the day to take advantage of temperature setbacks automatically.
Take advantage of rebate programs. A wide range of rebate programs to save money on those home energy upgrades.
Contact us online or call us at (904) 908-5252 to learn why we are one of the most trusted AC repair companies in the Jacksonville, FL area.