Learning how to properly use your AC unit to cool down your home this summer will minimize the amount of money you spend on your electricity bill while reducing the risk of potential AC damage and other issues. Discussed below are some ways you can increase the efficiency of your AC in Oldsmar, FL, and save energy and money.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

Having your AC run when nobody is at home or during the cooler times of the day is not logical and can cause an increase in your energy bills. However, investing in a smart thermostat gives you complete control of your home’s temperature even when you are away.

You can use the settings on the programmable thermostat to ensure that it only switches on when you are about to come home or when there are people in the house. With a smart thermostat, you can maximize the durability of your HVAC unit and reduce unnecessary spikes of power bills plus loss of energy.

Scheduled Maintenance

If you haven’t had regular maintenance on your AC, it’s not too late. The HVAC professional will need to vacuum the coils to remove trapped dust and other debris.

You’ll also need to change the air filters to maintain adequate airflow, and remember to set a reminder about changing the filters quarterly, or more frequently, if needed. The technician will also look at the ductwork to ensure that there isn’t any accumulated clutter, check for any leaking or blocked ducts and remove any furniture blocking the ductwork.

Fix Cracks or Leaks

To prevent unnecessary energy loss and decrease your monthly energy bills, you should seal all the cracks and leaks in the home. Leaks and cracks around windows and doors will allow the cool air to escape and bring in warm air, raising the temperatures of the indoor environment. This makes the air conditioning system work harder to cool your home. You can weatherize around windows and doors with weather-stripping or caulk.

If you reside in Oldsmar, FL, contact us at Pinellas Comfort Systems to schedule AC maintenance services with our technicians.

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