Energy costs are on the rise. That is why many people dread the hot summers in Venice. Fortunately, there are many ways you can keep your cooling costs down. Below is a list of tips for reducing your air conditioner costs:

Clean The Air Filters

Simple air conditioner maintenance can help you save a lot of money on your cooling costs. When the air filter is dirty, the air conditioner uses a lot more energy because it is working harder. That is why your cooling costs will increase if you do not change the air filter. On the other hand, cleaning the air filter can decrease energy usage.

Most air conditioner filters need to be cleaned at least once a month. It is very simple to clean your air filter. All you have to do is run some water over and then allow it to air dry.

Program Your Thermostat

You can save money on air conditioner costs by turning the temperature up a few degrees. If you have a programmable thermostat, then you can save up to 30 percent on your air conditioner costs. You can adjust the temperature to where it is a few degrees higher during the day or at night while you are sleeping.

Unplug Your Device

Your DVD players, televisions and computers will use energy as long as they are plugged into the wall. That is why it is a good idea to unplug these devices when they are not being used. You can also use a Smart Strip, which is designed to help save energy by cutting power usage when the device is not being used.

Keep in mind that using your overhead fan can also help you save energy. In fact, it is cheaper to use an overhead fan to keep your room cool than it is to turn down the thermostat.

Limit Oven Usage

When you turn your oven on, it causes the temperature in the rest of the house to rise also. This forces your air conditioner to work harder. You may want to consider using your stove-top, toaster oven or outdoor grill to cook instead of your oven. You can also eat pre-prepared meals or order takeout.

Take Cold Showers

You can save energy and money by turning the temperature down on your thermostat. If you reduce the temperature of your thermostat from 130 degrees Fahrenheit to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, then you will be able to save $50 per year.

Call A Professional

It is a good idea to have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year. A professional can detect many problems, such as grime, mold and dust build-up. Despite the fact that yearly AC checkups have many benefits, it is something that people often neglect. In addition to contacting an HVAC technician, you may also want to call an energy auditor. An energy auditor can check for things that can cause your home to waste energy, such as air leaks.

Upgrade Your Systems

Making a few home upgrades can help you save a lot of money. For example, if you have incandescent light bulbs in your home, then you may want to replace them with compact fluorescent light bulbs. These types of light bulbs generate less heat. This helps you keep your home cooler, so the air conditioner does not have to work as hard. Compact fluorescent light bulbs also use less energy.

If you are looking for new appliances, such as washers, dishwashers or televisions, then you will need to look at the Energy Star rating. Additionally, a new air conditioner can use less energy and help you save money, but you will need to purchase one that is the right size for your home. Many people have an air conditioner that is too big for their home, which just wastes energy.

A properly-sized air conditioner will be more energy-efficient. It will also last a lot longer. Call or Text us today for more details (941) 203-7955 and don’t forget to check out our specials, financing, and rent-to-own air conditioning options.
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