With Florida’s subtropical climate, many homeowners find themselves lowering their thermostats for relief from the heat and humidity. However, overuse of your HVAC system, especially during the summer, can be costly.
At United Air Temp, we encourage homeowners to follow these HVAC energy-saving tips to stay comfortable without breaking the bank.
Upgrade to a Smart or Programmable Thermostat
One key way to save money is not to waste energy cooling an empty home. For homeowners who crank up their AC and then forget to adjust their thermostats before running errands or leaving for the day, a programmable or smart thermostat can help to significantly curb costs.
Programmable options allow you to preset your temperatures throughout the day and customize it for each day of the week. This is a great way to ensure your AC isn’t left on full blast when you leave for work.
An even more technologically advanced option is a smart thermostat, which you can control through an app on your phone, no matter where you are. Your smart thermostat can learn your habits and adjust to maximize energy savings and comfort.
Turn Down Your AC at Night
When the sun sets on the Florida coast, temperatures drop. While you will need more AC during the day, adjusting your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher at night when you’re sleeping will help you significantly save energy.
If the evening weather is pleasant, you can turn off your AC and only keep the fan running or open windows to let in a breeze.
Use Window Coverings To Help Control Temperatures
From curtains to blinds, window coverings can help lighten the load on your HVAC system, reducing heat gains by up to 33%.
They also prevent the sun from beating in on you, which can cause you to feel even warmer. Consider installing coverings on your east- and west-facing windows to limit thermal transfer.
Turn On Ceiling Fans
Energy-efficient ceiling fans can significantly impact your overall comfort in the summer. Fans will help to circulate air in the home and have a cooling effect on your skin to reduce your need for cooling from your AC.
When used alongside your HVAC system, ceiling fans can allow you to raise your home’s temperature by as much as 4 degrees without making any noticeable impact on your comfort. This can result in roughly 5% savings on your cooling costs!
Schedule Routine Air Conditioning Maintenance
One of the best ways to save energy and money is to ensure that your air conditioner works efficiently and effectively. At United Air Temp, we proudly offer superior AC maintenance to Jacksonville residents.
During these tune-ups, our technicians will inspect your system to check for any issues causing your system to work harder than necessary, such as clogged air filters, dirty evaporator coils, and low refrigerant.
With annual maintenance, your system can operate at peak performance all summer.
Choose UAT for HVAC Services in Jacksonville
Get ready for the Florida summer with United Air Temp. Our team is committed to serving the Jacksonville community with quality craftsmanship and transparent communication.
With our HVAC maintenance plan, you can streamline the upkeep of your air conditioning and receive member-exclusive benefits, such as:
- Priority service
- No charge for emergency service
- Credit toward a new HVAC system
- And more
With upfront pricing and a satisfaction guarantee, there’s never been a better time to invest in air conditioning services from United Air Temp.