Your home’s hardest working appliance in the summer is your cooling system. Energy savers like fans for your home and attic, along with routine A/C maintenance will lower your electric bill and prolong the life of the system. The compressor is the heart of your system, the part that works hardest, and costs the most to replace.
- Use fans to increase personal cooling. Ceiling fans are an attractive way to increase your comfort while using little energy. They don’t actually cool, but help you stay comfortable. Humidity is a serious problem in this region, so using the ventilating fans in the kitchen and bathrooms will whisk the heat and moisture outside. Remember to turn the fans off after they’ve ventilated the area. Although they’re small, they do remove a lot of air.
- Attic fans are a good ventilating option in our climate. They pull hot air out and cooler outdoor air in. On a hot day, the attic can reach scorching temperatures, which an attic fan will temper. The heat radiating through the ceilings all day and night will be significantly less.
- Check your air filter for the air handler monthly. Dirt covering the filter increases energy consumption because the airflow going through the air handler is lower, making it harder to cool your home. Dust can cover the evaporator coil in the air handler, leading to severe wear on the compressor.
- Have your cooling system serviced by an HVAC professional annually to keep it running as efficiently as possible. The technician will check the refrigerant level, the airflow and clean and adjust the parts as needed. Professional maintenance prolongs system life and decreases energy consumption.
- Consider a programmable thermostat if you’re routinely gone. These are real energy savers because they remember to turn the temperature up when you’re away.
If you’d like more information on how routine maintenance for your air conditioner is one of the best energy savers for your home, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning. We’ve provided trusted HVAC services for the Orlando area since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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