As the temperature rises, many homeowners find that their cooling bills start to creep up as well. Florida is known for warm temperatures throughout much of the year, but the summer months bring higher humidity levels and swelteringly hot days. Combat expensive utility bills without sacrificing too much comfort by changing a few of your cooling habits.
Most modern homes have programmable thermostats that control the heating and air conditioning systems, but many of the owners of those homes don’t take the time to program them for the current season. If your cooling system is running when you’re at work all day, you’ll end up wasting a lot of money and energy. Adjust the settings so the system turns on around the time you arrive home each evening. If you have a smart thermostat, you might not have to manually adjust, since some track habits and automatically make changes based on when you’re typically at home.
When it’s hot outside, it’s always tempting to camp out in front of the air conditioning vents with the system running on full blast. Instead of wasting energy and paying more in cooling bills, try using other methods to cool off. Sip ice water, turn on ceiling fans and other fans within your home, or head outside for a dip in the swimming pool.
When you turn on your oven or stove to prepare meals during the summer, you’ll likely notice that the house feels hotter. These appliances create heat, causing your cooling system to work harder to keep a comfortable temperature. Make use of your barbecue during the hottest times of the year or serve chilled dishes that don’t require any cooking.
An inefficient air conditioning system can also cause higher energy bills, so bring in a cooling expert to take a look at the air conditioner before the temperature rises too high. Here in South Florida, you can rely on All Year Cooling, where we offer discounts and coupons to help you save money.