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Simple Techniques in Keeping Your Home Proficient during the Hottest Days in Summer

Simple Techniques in Keeping Your Home Proficient during the Hottest Days in Summer

People who own their own home struggle to maintain there monthly heating and cooling electricity bills at a minimum. As hot as it can get outside, it really puts a lot of added pressure on your air conditioning unit. That means that for every degree hotter the temperature gets outside, your unit is forcing itself that much more to keep your home at a cooler temperature.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, also known as HVAC, has been proven to create the largest part in the utility statements that you receive monthly. It is said that as much power you are using to get lower temperatures inside your home, is being accounted for by half of the statement. That is a lot when it comes to electricity. If you maintain your HVAC, the way it supposed to be taken care of, then you are able to really lower a significant amount of costs and enhance the comfort you will have in your cool home. To further improve the effectiveness of the system while in these summer days, Bradenton Air Conditioning has provided you with the following information:

Your Air Conditioning Units:

  • You should always have your system maintained regularly to keep it consistently functioning properly. This should be inspected by a professional as well as experienced AC technician.
  • By making sure the exterior area, which your unit is placed at around your house, is completely clear of debris, tree limbs and tall grass. If leaves or dirt get into you air conditioner, it could cause your unit to either break down or not function properly.
  • Living in Florida, high heat and humidity is not fun for AC units. Even when the nights start to get cooler, some people turn off their air conditioners and open a few windows around the house. This however, does not do anything but cause you to spend more money. By turning off your unit at anytime of day causes the unit to work twice as hard to reach the temperature it was prior to being turned off. Try to maintain a certain temperature at all times to keep your unit running properly.
  • In the course of the very hot summer weather, we tend to put our thermostats to the coldest level possible just to keep relaxed and cool. However, this is not really the best solutions when it comes to saving energy and money. A suggestion we give to our clients is to maintain your temperature at a level of 77 degrees. You can always move the thermostat a few degrees in either direction to change the comfort level you are looking for. Also, by changing only a few degrees difference, you are saving more money rather than changing the thermostat dramatically.
  • It is always a good thing to check the air filter in your system to make sure it is not clogged or full of dust and debris. This could also increase you electric statements as well. By not having a clean filter, your air is not able to be filtered and distributed around your house, causing the air conditioner to run longer and push harder. Some filters you can buy are washable. All you do is take it out, wipe it down and reuse. Standard air filters are replaceable. Our technicians would recommend that you inspect them monthly and change or wash them as needed.
  • A nice thing about the new, highly performable air conditioning systems, is that they tend to use nearly half the amount of electricity as the older models do. As time has evolved, manufacturers have designed a much more efficient unit that will cost less and put out less energy in trying to cool your home or office down. If your unit is less than 10 years of age, then we suggest that you should be looking to invest in a new unit. The older the unit, the harder it is to keep your place cool without having your AC constantly running all day. It will surely pay off in then end after you have it replaced.

Helping Around Your Household:

  • Inspect all of your windows and doors to make sure they are completely sealed when shut. You do not want to find out that money is blowing right out the window due to a leaky window seal. If you feel any air blowing next to the window or door while it is shut, then you need to fix it. Try using a caulking material or using seal strips. This way you will be able to keep your current windows in tact while keeping all the cold air inside.
  • Another thing to help maintain a cool climate in your home or office is to install window shades. Not only are you able to control how much light comes into the room, but you can also adjust the temperature by opening the blinds. The darker the room, the cooler it will be. By letting sunlight into your room, the temperature will then begin to rise, getting warmer.
  • If you are not in a room, you should turn off and close the blinds inside that room. Unnecessary usage of electricity is a major part of your electric bill. If you are not using it, turn it off to save you more money.
  • If you are a person who likes to keep their house or office at a colder temperature, then your best option would to be to put fans around your home. By using fans, you are able to help assist your air conditioning unit to maintain a cooler temperature without overworking it. Especially if you want your house or office to stay cold all day long.

Inside The Attic Of Your Home:

  • The attic is usually where people have their main air conditioning unit at. It is always a good thing to have it regularly inspected. Professional technicians will inspect your unit to make sure there are no leaks, cracks or repairs that are needed. They should always inspect your air ducts as well. Every duct in your house comes from your attic. If everything is functioning properly, you should be able to save up to 35 percent on your monthly statements. A little goes a long way. Our experts say that it is easier and cheaper to have a technician come out to take a look at your unit, compared to buying a brand new unit because it broke and could have been prevented.

You always hear the saying change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles, change your contacts every 3 months, don't forget to take the trash out. Well, this is the same scenario for your Air Conditioning Unit. It needs to be regularly maintained for proper functioning. It can really keep a lot of money in your wallet. Even our General Manager here at Bradenton Air Conditioning says, "I would rather take less money out of pocket for having it checked routinely, than me having to spend more money down the road purchasing a brand new unit." I think his quote explains everything very simply. All you have to do is maintain your AC and it will take care of you! Call Bradenton Air Conditioning today for a free inspection quote.

By Sarah Perry