Tips to Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs

While North Florida might not see the year-round heat that South Florida does, there’s no denying the fact that your air conditioner will run most of the summer, and will probably also run during parts of spring and fall. That’s a lot of energy use, and it comes at a cost. Thankfully, there are quite a few things that you can do to cut down on air conditioning costs throughout the year.

Maintenance

The single most important tip to help you save on your annual air conditioning costs is to make sure that your HVAC system is regularly maintained. A maintenance contract for a trusted heating and air company can help ensure that your system is always tuned up and running at peak efficiency, and can help eliminate problems like operating with low refrigerant, dirty air filters, debris caught between condenser fins, and much more. Your system should be cleaned and serviced two each year, once in the spring and then again in the fall.

Set the Thermostat Higher

If you want to save a little green during the year, but don’t want to cut the air conditioner off completely, consider setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than you normally would. For instance, if you usually keep your home at 68 degrees, consider moving the thermostat up to 70. If you keep it at 70 throughout the summer, move it up to 72. Just a change of a couple of degrees can make a very big difference in your annual air conditioning costs.

Other Appliances

Interestingly, when you use other appliances in your home can affect how often your air conditioner runs each day. This is particularly true with appliances like your clothes dryer and dishwasher, as well as your oven or a toaster oven. Any device that creates a significant amount of heat should be used only at night to help reduce the amount of additional heat generated in your home, and the number of times your air conditioner kicks on during the day.

Clean Ducts

Finally, you might consider having your ducts cleaned. Dust, dirt and debris can build up within your ductwork, making it harder for the air conditioner to force air through them, and increasing your utility bills.

These are just a few of the tips you can follow to cut down on your air conditioning costs – there are plenty of other simple ways to save money.

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