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5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your AC Unit This Summer

Posted on Friday, April 15 2016

Summer’s quickly approaching—and you know what that means. The Florida heat! As much as you love it, hotter temperatures can put a cramp in your cool summer style. As the temperatures quickly continue to rise, it’s important to stay aware of your air conditioning use. Using your A/C might seem simple: set the thermostat to a specific degree and let it do it’s thing. But knowing how to get the most out of your unit can save you big bucks in the long run.

Here are five quick, simple things you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your air conditioning unit:

1. Change Your Filter Often

A clean air conditioning filter can cut your energy use between five and 15 percent. Many thermostats have a filter change indicator, reminding you to change your filter at predetermined intervals. If you’re using an efficient air filter, it’s best to change it once a month.

2. Leave Your Thermostat Alone

Since air conditioners cool at the same rate no matter the setting, it’s best to set the temperature at about 78 degrees F and leave it. Adjusting the temperature to 70 degrees F will not get your house to 78 degrees any quicker.

3. Use A Dehumidifier

Ridding your house of humidity will help make you and your home more comfortable. Simply turning the dehumidifier on when the temperature rises will get the job done. Combining a dehumidifier with fans may even allow you to set your air conditioning above 78 degrees F, removing moist air, making your home feel cooler.

4. Use Fans

Moving air is cooler air: Even a one-mile-per-hour breeze will make you feel three to four degrees cooler. Providing a comfortable breeze, even in warmer climates, fans help ease the work load of an air conditioner. If you run a ceiling fan, sans AC, at its highest setting for 12 hours, you could potentially spend about only $10 per month on cooling electricity.

5. Save Chores For The Right Time

Cooking, dishwashers, hot showers and clothes dryers all create heat, making both you and your home warmer. Such chores are better left for the evening or early morning hours when the temperature outside is cooler or, better yet, when nobody is home. If you’re unable to schedule these tasks appropriately, use vents in your bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, if available.

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