How to Reduce Your HVAC Costs
In the south, HVAC costs can really get out of hand. HVAC is the highest energy-consuming element in your home, and it’s tough to get around using it frequently in states as hot as Florida. That said, you don’t need to spend a fortune on your HVAC operating costs.
When you use your HVAC so much, it really comes down to reducing waste. Check out these tips on how to save money on your HVAC costs.
Change Your Filters
Do you know how important filters are to the efficient operation of your HVAC system? While it may seem like just a nuisance, filters are actually the key to keeping your air clean, while also providing efficient airflow.
Aim to change out your air filters every 30 to 90 days, though the frequency largely depends on your use. Dirty filters, if left alone, hinder your airflow, making your system work harder and use more energy. It can also have a negative impact on your indoor air quality since dust and debris will no longer get caught in the fibers of the filter.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a modern way to control your home temperature with increased accuracy and customization. Programmable thermostats are great, but you need to keep adjusting the temperature manually when you want to change it up, and if you forget, it’s energy wasted.
Plus, smart thermostats are more convenient since you can change the settings right from your phone.
Perform an Energy Audit
Are you aware of your energy-use habits? A whole-home energy audit will ensure you’re using your appliances efficiently and give you tips on improvements to make.
An energy audit won’t just make sure you’re using electricity efficiently but will also discover any air leakage around windows, doors, and through cracks. An audit can also discover if airflow routes are proper and if your home is sufficiently ventilated. You’ll also get a clear plan of actionable steps to make your home more efficient.
Contact Mid-Florida Heating & Air today at (352) 310-0022 to take advantage of your FREE energy audit.
Get Annual Tune-Ups
An annual tune-up is one of the best things you can do to keep your HVAC system running smoothly and avoid wasting energy. AC and heating maintenance, especially when performed on a regular basis, have great benefits, including:
- Increased efficiency
- Better air quality
- Longer lifespans for your unit
- Fewer repairs
- Peace of mind
Annual maintenance ensures that your system is ready to perform during the busy season (which is long in Florida) and that your system won’t break down during the blazing heat. Overall, your system will run better, won’t waste energy, and last longer.
Reduce Your Use
This may sound easier said than done, but small steps you take to reduce the need for AC in your home can make a big difference. For example, try to keep your blinds or curtains closed during the day so the sun doesn’t cook the inside of your home and raise the temperature.
You can also strategically use fans to reduce the need for AC. While fans don’t produce cold air, they can help circulate the air so it cools more evenly. Estimates show that you can raise your thermostat by up to 4 degrees when you use fans for the same level of comfort.
Also, by using devices like a smart thermostat, you can avoid wasted energy by raising the temperature when you aren’t home.