With summer right around the corner, staying cool is on the top of everyone’s minds. But how can you get the most out of your AC unit without spending a ton each month? Rescom Air Corp. can help you beat the summer heat all while staying within your utility bill budget. We have been helping the Tampa area keep cool for over a decade with our expert, quick repair and installation services.
Keeping cool is a little harder being in Florida, as the summer days stretch easily into spring and fall months. Combine that with high humidity and sunny days, and it’s hard for anyone to feel cool and refreshed throughout the day. But cranking up the AC may not be the best use of your energy and your money. Many appliances give out the creature comforts you crave, but they may also use an excess of energy that’s simply going to waste, month by month. Take advantage of these tips and tricks to better cool your home while also staying within a budget.
Staying Cool The Smart Way
One of the biggest things you can do for your AC unit is to get it serviced and checked out every spring, before the full heat starts coming. AC maintenance is a great way to keep your unit running smoothly year after year, and saves time and money in the long run when it’s not breaking down constantly, helping you prevent random repairs. Regular maintenance can help increase the longevity of your AC unit, and helps it stay more energy efficient. Yearly maintenance of your AC unit will keep it running at 95% of its original efficiency for most of its service life, keeping you cool without calling for AC repair in Tampa every week. The AC filter will also clog over time, and is often overlooked when regular maintenance isn’t being done. Depending on the thickness of the filter, it will clog after about a month to three months, and will need to be replaced. When the filter is clogged, more energy is being used by your AC unit as it’s trying to pull air through the filter. Keeping up with these filter changes will help your AC keep up better against the heat.
When you’re feeling warm, the logical step is to turn down the thermostat some more, right? When you fluctuate the thermostat throughout the day depending on how cold or warm you feel, this will increase the number of times the AC will turn off and on, increasing your overall energy usage. Setting the thermostat to a median number, such as 78 degrees as recommended by the US Department of Energy, which will keep a steady cycle of turning off and on. This temperature is usually comfortable enough for most people, and it’s high enough to slow down how much heat enters the house. If you do find it to be too warm, you can always set it lower by a few degrees, and as you acclimate to that climate, slowly turn it back up to 78 degrees for optimal efficiency.
Saving Money & Energy
Raising your thermostat at night can also help you cut costs. By going up 8 degrees at night, roughly around 86 degrees, this will help your home stay within a reasonable range of coolness while preventing excessive energy usage. This is also better than simply shutting the AC unit off overnight as it will then require more energy to re-cool the home once it’s back on and running. When you leave the home or are at work, it’s recommended to have it set at a higher temperature as well to conserve energy. No matter how many steps you use above, you will be saving time and money in the long run throughout the coming hot months. Even just getting yearly AC maintenance will help you save every year, and doesn’t everyone like a little extra dough?
Are you ready to keep staying cool the right way this summer? Schedule your AC maintenance today through Rescom Air Corp. Located in Tampa, we are available 24/7 for all your AC repair needs. We service and install HVAC systems as well as repair and perform maintenance on AC units. Call us today to get started!