The 4 Best Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill
1. Change Your Air Filter
It’s one of the simplest things you can do for your AC, but it’s also one of the most important. If you’re not changing your air filter regularly, you may be throwing away money on energy each month.
Your air filter is designed to catch and trap particles that circulate through the air in your home, but if too much dirt, dust, and other debris pile up, your AC will lose efficiency. A clogged filter impedes airflow, which means your air conditioner has to work a lot harder to do its job. When your filter is clean, air will flow freely and your AC will be able to run on less energy.
2. Keep Doors and Window Closed
When outdoor temperatures are moderate, cracking the windows in the evening may help you keep your home cooler. However, when it’s hot outside (which is pretty much year-round in Florida), it’s best to keep the windows shut. When temperatures reach upwards of 90 degrees, it may only take a few minutes for the air outside to come through an open door or window and increase the temperature in your home. Don’t waste money by giving your AC extra work to do. Next time you go to get the mail or let the dog outside, be sure to close the door behind you.
3. Use Blinds and Curtains Strategically
Adding the right window treatments to your decor is a great way to keep your home a little cooler and save energy, but the trick is to do it strategically. First off, you want to go for light colors rather than dark because light colors absorb less heat. To compete with the sun’s rays, close blinds, and curtains on the windows that face east in the morning and the windows that face west in the afternoon.
4. Schedule Preventive Maintenance for Your AC
The more efficiently your AC system runs, the less energy it’ll have to use to keep your home comfortable. And since your heating and cooling costs can account for 50 percent or more of your monthly energy bill, you want your AC to run as efficiently as possible. One of the best ways to keep your AC running at peak efficiency is by scheduling regular preventive maintenance.
At Complete Air, we make it easy to get your AC the maintenance it needs with our affordable maintenance plans. Contact us today to start saving.