Luckily, there are ways you can easily reduce your HVAC bill without sacrificing comfort. Most of the press goes to energy efficient appliances, but there are ways to ensure your heating and cooling systems save electric, too.
Let’s look at some great ways to lower your bill.
1. Never Set Your Temperature Too Low or Too High
This might seem to go without saying, but there’s a persistent myth that causes people to set their thermostats several degrees higher or lower than they actually want it. That myth is this: That setting a very low temperature causes your house to cool faster.
In fact, choosing a very high or very low setting doesn’t change how fast your system will reach your desired point. It’s always better to set the thermostat to the temperature you actually want so the system will stop running once it is reached.
2. Turn Your System Off When You’re at Work
Smaller homes can heat or cool by 2-3 degrees every 20 minutes or so when the residential HVAC is engaged, and larger homes take just a little bit longer. With this in mind, it will make sense for some homeowners to turn the system off while they’re away.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set temperature changes for a specific time so they are where you want them to be by the time you get home. On top of that, a modern thermostat tends to be more precise, use less energy, and cycle less often.
3. Adjust Or Update Your Water Heater
Although just about everyone enjoys a hot shower at the end of a long, challenging day, many Florida hot water heaters are set higher than they need to be. Plus, older water heaters run almost continuously in order to supply hot water on demand, rather than turning on only as needed.
Most of the time, it’s a simple matter to adjust your hot water heater so its maximum temperature will be a little lower. Smaller, more efficient water heaters are also available, including models that can take over specific tasks (such as the dishwasher) and use less energy in the process.
4. Improve Your Air Circulation
Florida can be pretty uncomfortable in summer. However, we all know the old saying: It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity! There’s no place where this is more true than Florida. A few tweaks to airflow in your home can enhance comfort and help you run your system less, saving in the process.
In general, ceiling and stationary fans will consume less power than your HVAC. In addition, you can consider a few dehumidifiers in strategic locations throughout your home. Not only will this take the edge off the humidity, but it can curb allergens and improve indoor air quality.
At East Coast Heating and Air Conditioning, we know that Florida homeowners can save big with the right equipment and maintenance. Call our team for help any time.