There aren’t many people in the Tampa area who would argue against you that having a fully effective air conditioning system is an absolute must. Not only is this needed to make your home comfortable, but to make it bearable. If your air conditioner doesn’t work the way it’s meant to, however, then you may need repairs, or it could even be time to look into a new Tampa AC installation, depending on how old your unit is.
These are not your only options when it comes to increasing system efficiency, though. You may have a brand new air conditioner that works just fine and has a high-efficiency rating already. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve the efficiency even more, though. And by improving the efficiency, you’re ultimately saving money! So, what’s the trick? Well, there are a few—read on!
Raise the Temperature
Alright, alright we get it. You think we’ve just given you bogus advice. Bear with us though! Now, we don’t expect you to make your home hotter than it should be. However, you might be turning your thermostat settings down much lower than you actually need to in order to maintain home comfort.
Some homeowners set their thermostat as low as 71°F when in actuality, most individuals are perfectly comfortable at about 78°F during the day. Additionally, you can save more energy, and subsequent money, by raising the temperature when you aren’t at home, or while you’re sleeping. There’s no need to waste unnecessary energy by cooling a home that you aren’t even using, or by lowering temperatures far more than you actually need.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans cannot help lower the temperature of the room they’re in on their own. After all, a fan is just made of blades pushing air around, there is no refrigerant. But a fan of any kind can help your body feel cooler. This is because it helps sweat to evaporate from your body, which is your natural way of keeping cool. On a mild day, a ceiling fan alone may even be sufficient to keep you cool and keep your energy bills lower since you won’t need to use your AC.
When you’re using your air conditioning system, ceiling fans help push cool air down and keep warm air rising. Therefore, paring your ceiling fans with your forced-air cooling system enables you to run that AC system at a higher temperature, lowering your monthly energy costs.
Change Your Air Filter!
Here you go, a tip that doesn’t have to do with raising the temp! The air filter we speak of is the standard one that comes with your HVAC system upon installation. It’s not just there for kicks! This air filter gets clogged up with dust and debris over the course of a year. While many people think that all this impacts is their indoor air quality, the truth is it’s there to protect the inside components of the HVAC system.
When the filter is too clogged up, it’s harder for your air conditioner to keep you cool, and as a result, it may malfunction or freeze up. Ensure that you change your air filter each month (or every three months depending on what kind of filter you have) so that your system can operate as it’s meant to, and can give you the same great efficiency that you’re used to.