Air Conditioning Comfort & Maintenance Tips
We offer air conditioning maintenance programs, AC service, air conditioning repair, and new AC installation to residents in Polk County Florida, including Lakeland FL, Bartow FL, Winter Haven FL, Plant City FL, and more.
The cost to cool your home in the hot Florida sun can put a serious dent in your monthly energy bills. By taking the proper steps, homeowners can start conserving energy and saving on their utility bills. Check out the following tips from our professional Air Conditioning technicians that will lead to immediate energy savings:
• Set your programmable thermostat. You can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours per day.
• Check your filter each month. A dirty filter slows the flow of air in your system and can cause excessive wear on your air conditioner, furnace or heat pump. Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating season.
• Remove debris. Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris. Check the base pan (under the unit) and remove any debris in order to help the unit drain properly.
• Check air flow. Everything from dirty coils to poorly-designed ductwork can restrict airflow causing your HVAC system to work harder. Our professionals can inspect your entire system to ensure your A/C is working effectively and efficiently. We can get to the root of any problems affecting the air flow around your home.
• Tune-up your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with our annual maintenance contract. Even a new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC system will decline in performance without regular maintenance. Not only will you save energy and money, but your system will last longer and perform better! A minimal annual maintenance fee can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
• During the warm months, block direct sun shining through glass on the east and especially west sides of your home. Solar screens, solar films, awnings, interior curtains and even bushes or trees can help block the sun’s heat. During the cooler months the sun comes in low in the South, so unobstructed southern windows can contribute bringing in natural heat during the day.
• Keep heat from building up in your home. Appliances, electronic devices, and even lighting fixtures can all generate heat. Avoid putting lamps, televisions, computers, or other appliances near your thermostat. These appliances can causes heat to build up around your thermostat, causing it to think the house is warmer than it really is. As a result, the A/C system will run longer and more often than necessary, wasting energy and running up your utility bills.
• Watch out for ice on your A/C unit. Ice buildup on an A/C unit is caused by a lack of airflow to the coil which can be due to blockages or dirty air filters. It can also be caused by low refrigerant which can indicate a leak that MUST be fixed ASAP.
• Use a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans help circulate the air in the room. While a ceiling fan won’t change the actual temperature in the room, the moving air will help you to feel cooler.
• Upgrade worn out systems. Consider installing a new high efficiency system. If you think you’re saving money by repairing that old unit, you could be wrong! An older system could be costing you more to run and repair than simply installing a brand new energy-efficient system. Plus, newer technology provides better comfort and more reliability.