In Florida if we get to turn of our air conditioners for a few days out of the year we consider ourselves lucky! Now that we are getting ready for the summer again, that means our ACs will once again be working overtime. To avoid getting stressed out by your electric bill, consider putting into place some of our money-saving tips to stay cool during Florida’s summers.
If for only 8-10 hours a day you set your thermostat just 10 degrees warmer you could see a savings of up to 10% on your annual cooling costs. Having a programmable thermostat makes it easy to create a schedule and set the temperature in your home lower or higher at different times of the day.
Changing your air filter every 4-8 weeks is the most important thing you can do to maintain the efficiency of your AC system. A clean air filter can reduce the system’s energy use by 5-15%, resulting in savings for you. Not to mention that keeping your unit in good shape can help avoid break downs and repairs in the long-run.
To ease some of the work your AC unit has to do, turn on your ceiling fans more often. The fans may not actually cool the air but they do help it circulate. This can allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual without your home feeling warmer.
Any window treatment can prevent the sun’s heat from penetrating in your home but blackout curtains are specifically designed to keep out the sun’s rays, keeping your home cooler. The only down side to these is that when closed they will also make you home very dark. As an alternative, you can use blackout curtains only in certain windows, during times of the day the sun is most powerful, or you can use them in combination with sheer curtains and only close them when you’re not home.
Planting trees, shrubs and grass strategically around your home is often overlooked but can also save you some serious cash in your cooling costs at home. Short trees or tall bushes on the west side of your home will help keep it cool from the afternoon sun. On the south side of your home, tall trees will help shade your roof from the strong daytime sun. Small shrubs planted around the foundation of your home will keep the ground cool and so will covering any areas that are bare or have only pavement. What most people don’t realize is that how much or how little your AC unit works depends on the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of your home. Making sure that outside remains as shaded and cool as possible will increase your system’s efficiency and save you money.
Staying cool in South Florida’s summers are a must. Following these few simple tips will help you void a huge electric bill each month.
To further your savings consider having a comprehensive look at your homeowners insurance policy and current rates. Having the right insurance to fit your needs can equal better protection for your home and your family and better savings. Contact a Preferred Link agent today to get started.