Although people in Clearwater, Florida, need their air conditioning systems for a portion of the year, there is a period of time that we need to use them far less frequently, if at all. You may not think much about your air conditioning system in the off-season, but that’s unfortunate: it’s the perfect time to make any changes you may need.
Use the off season to upgrade your air conditioner and your home for better home efficiency. When your air conditioner is not in use, it’s a lot easier to schedule work and make changes to your home that can lower your monthly utilities for a long time to come.
Make Those Repairs
If you’ve noticed issues with the performance of your air conditioner lately, that’s probably why your bills seem unmanageable. The longer you wait to schedule a repair, the worse the problem gets.
Let’s say there’s a problem with the motor belt of your indoor blower unit, causing a screeching noise and/or reduced cooling around the home. Your air conditioner has to work a lot harder to cool you down and keep the fan moving, which means higher monthly bills for you—not to mention the higher likelihood that your air conditioner will break down. Schedule AC repairs ASAP!
Seal Air Leaks in the Home
Air leaks are common in older homes with older windows and doors, but any home can fall victim to leaking. Tiny holes around windows and doors, piping that leads from inside to out, and other areas really add up. They allow air and heat to move in and out of the home, instead of directly moving conditioned air into the living space. This can significantly decrease efficiency, forcing your air conditioner to run for longer and increasing your bills.
An energy audit may help reveal areas of the home with prominent leaking. We love this guide from the Department of Energy for detecting and sealing air leaks throughout the home.
Get to Know Your Thermostat
According to the Washington Post, many people do not know how to use the programming features on their home’s thermostats, or how to use them in an efficient way. And this is a big deal when air conditioning takes up a majority of our bills for most of the year.
Take some time to get to know the settings on your thermostat. Find your manual, check for your thermostat manual online, or you can even request one from the manufacturer if you are still having trouble. That way, you can schedule the thermostat to raise the temperature by about 10-15° when you are out.
If all else fails, maybe it’s time for a thermostat upgrade.
Get a New Thermostat
Smart thermostats are all the rage in home comfort right now—and for good reason. Think of how many times you have left the home without remembering to turn off the AC or raise the temperature. Imagine how useful it would be to have the home cooled to your preferred settings, even if you come home earlier than usual.
Smart thermostats give you the ability to make changes to your home air conditioning and heating systems right from an app on your phone. And this means it’s easier for you to make changes that improve efficiency, no matter where you are.
Schedule Your Annual Maintenance Visits
Finally, it’s important to have air conditioning maintenance each and every year (and we recommend twice a year). What better time than the off-season to maintain your AC system? A technician can perform a thorough inspection, test refrigerant levels, voltage, and other important measurements, and make some adjustments that could contribute to overall efficiency. Air conditioners that are regularly maintained can retain about 95% of their original efficiency for most of their lifespans.
For all your air conditioning needs in Clearwater, FL, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.