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Prep Your HVAC System for Summer and Lower Bills

Prep Your HVAC System for Summer and Lower Bills

After the temperature rises in Clearwater, FL, a typical HVAC unit can pull up to 5000 watts of electricity during a cooling cycle. On the hottest days, this extreme power consumption could last for about nine hours.

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You don’t have to pay a high energy bill every month to stay cool. If you use the cooling strategies in this guide, you’ll reduce your summer HVAC energy costs.

Optimize Your HVAC System

When an air conditioning system is optimized before the start of each season, it performs better. It’s not too late to prepare your system for the summer, focus on the filter, thermostat, and vents. These basic optimization strategies will help you get started.

If your system has a disposable filter, you must replace it once a month throughout the summer. A permanent filter should be cleaned every four weeks.

The thermostat controls the cooling cycles on a hot day. If your thermostat isn’t digital, you should upgrade it. A digital option is more efficient because it has a scheduling feature that reduces energy consumption and a climate control setting that makes adjustments when extreme heat impacts cooling cycles.

Energy costs spike when an HVAC unit struggles as it regulates the temperature in a home. This happens when the air that travels from an air conditioner can’t successfully flow out of the vents. To ensure maximum airflow, inspect every vent and remove all dust and debris and any furniture blocking the vents.

Cover Gaps Where HVAC-Cooled Air Can Escape

If your home has places where air escapes, each cooling cycle will be longer. In order to conserve energy, you must seal all air gaps in your home so that the HVAC system will power down faster. To find the vulnerable spots, you’ll have to perform a thorough inspection.

Begin the inspection in the attic as this is where the most air escapes in a home. Next, examine all of the nooks and crannies around windows and doors. Then, inspect every panel on the walls and any gaps around plumbing fixtures, wiring, and ducts.

When you find a vulnerable spot, cover it with caulk and tape. After a gap is sealed, perform a leak test.

Regulate Cool Air Strategically With a Ceiling Fan

A ceiling fan is a smart investment, as it can totally change how an HVAC unit cools a home. If you buy one, install it directly in the center of the space.

According to a study by the Department of Energy, a ceiling fan can reduce energy costs. Based on tests, the department has discovered that it can make you feel cool enough that you may be able to set your thermostat four degrees higher. Remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room.
Fans don’t actually cool the air, they create a slight wind chill on your skin making the room feel cooler.

In order to experience this kind of comfort, you must change your ceiling fan’s rotation. Normally, the blades on a ceiling fan spin clockwise. However, to create a cool breeze, the blades must rotate counterclockwise, and you can make this adjustment by moving the switch on the base above the blades.

Manage Daily Energy Consumption

Many appliances and fixtures generate heat during the summer. If you develop an energy consumption strategy for energy hogs, your AC system will run less often, and this will lead to lower energy costs.

The easiest way to reduce heat gain is by turning off all fixtures that have incandescent light bulbs when they’re not needed. According to experts, around 15 percent of the energy that powers an incandescent bulb produces light, and the remaining power is converted into heat. You could also save energy by replacing the bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.

Besides the energy perks, these tactics can also prevent the need for air conditioning repair. However, if you want peace of mind, preventative maintenance can help. This type of maintenance is basically a professional tune-up.

Pinellas Comfort Systems provides professional HVAC maintenance service. Contact us today and set up an appointment with one of our technicians.

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