Homeowners all across the state of Florida often dread the summer months.
Not only does the rising thermometer and humidity indicate just how brutally
uncomfortable it’ll be to go outside during this period, but that
also means they’re going to have to battle the environment to keep
their home cool, and that can get pretty expensive. Having to run your
air conditioner for an extended period burns a lot of energy, and that
in turn burns a lot of money out of your pocket when your energy bill
arrives at the end of the month.
However, staying cool doesn’t have to cost a fortune—there
are ways to keep the temperature in your home comfortable that will also
help you save money and keep more of your hard-earned cash back in your
bank account where it belongs. Here are just a few ideas you should consider trying.
Use a Smart Thermostat
When it comes to saving you energy, there is perhaps no better investment
than a smart thermostat system. Top-of-the-line thermostats can be purchased
for roughly $300 or so, will last you for many years to come, and have
the programming capabilities of learning your climate control preferences,
and then adjusting their operating procedures to ensure you remain comfortable
while also reducing your energy consumption. As a result, these simple
investments can save you enough money on your monthly bills to pay themselves
off in as little as just a few months to a year. In many cases, smart
thermostats also have other technological and convenience benefits, such
as the ability to adjust the temperature from your smartphone or tablet,
or the ability to give you a full readout of your energy consumption,
organized into a convenient, easy-to-read layout.
Reduce Solar Heat Inputs
Even if you take painstaking measures to seal your home and prevent heat
loss through escaping air, there are ways heat can still intrude, and
one of the largest ones few people consider is through what are called
“solar heat inputs.” To put it simple, a solar heat input
is anything that allows sundlight, and the heat it carries, to enter your
home and warm the air inside. In other words, your windows. Windows of
all types, both large and small, are all areas where sunlight can penetrate
your home, keeping the air inside warm despite your best efforts.
There are a few things you can do as a homeowner to fight back against
this, however. First off, close your curtains during the day and keep
them closed, especially the ones that are facing the sun. It’s also
a smart idea to install thermal liners on them that can reflect more of
the heat back out into the environment rather than absorbing it into your home.
Second, planting trees and shrubs around your home creates shade that helps
keep your home cool as well as make your property more beautiful. Obviously
you probably don’t want a tree or plant blocking your window completely,
but carefully placing them to maximize shade coverage can do wonders for
Finally, consider installing double-paned windows. Double-pane setups have
two pieces of glass with a thin layer of air between them. This thin layer
of air acts as a sort of natural barrier for heat looking to get in through
your windows, absorbing much of it and preventing it from entering through
the second pane to heat your home.
Limit Internal Heaters
Internal heaters are things inside your home which generate heat that can
further counteract the work your air conditioner is doing. This can include
things like cooking devices (i.e. your stovetop or oven), appliances (your
dishwasher or clothes dryer), and even small simple lightbulbs. While
these things help you with your daily life, they also create money-sapping
heat, costing you more during summer months.
When the temperature cranks up, consider these alternatives:
Cook outside: fire up the barbecue on hot days to keep the cooking, one of the largest
heat-generating tasks in your home, to a minimum.
Take shorter showers: believe it or not, the heat provided from the steam and hot water used
while bathing can raise the temperature in your entire home. Take a shorter
shower and vent the steam off while doing so to keep the heat intrusion
to a minimum.
Reduce dryer use: Try to wash as many clothes as you can and use the dryer only when necessary.
During the hottest months of summer, consider hanging your clothes outside to dry.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner!
One other way to save money on your cooling bills this year is to have
your air conditioner inspected and maintained by a qualified and skilled
Palm Beach County air conditioning technician. A maintenance service can
ensure your system is ready and capable of handling the immense workload
you throw at it each year during the long stretch of warm, humid weather
Florida is known for. A well-maintained system is a more-efficient system,
which means a quality maintenance service can save you a bundle in the long run.
Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at 888-660-4337 to request a service appointment!