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Getting The Most Out Of Your Air Conditioning Unit

Posted on Thursday, February 19 2015

In Florida, the warmer months are quickly approaching. Now’s the time to take some time to think about what you can do to get the most of your air conditioning unit. Adopting some new quick and easy habits for the spring and summer months will not only keep you and your home cooler, but make you feel better about your energy use.

Change Your Filter Often

Did you know: a clean air conditioning filter can cut your energy use between five and 15 percent? Many thermostats have a filter change indicator which remind you to change your filter at predetermined intervals, but if yours doesn’t, keep an eye on it! If you’re using an efficient air filter, it’s best to still change it once a month.

Leave Your Thermostat Alone

Since air conditioners cool at the same rate no matter the setting, it’s important to keep yours set at about 78 degrees and leave it be. Despite what you might think, adjusting the temperature to 70 degrees or lower will not get your house to 78 degrees any quicker. Your home will cool at the same rate, no matter what you set the thermostat to.

Use A Dehumidifier

There’s no doubt about it: 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. Because dehumidifiers remove moist air, your home will feel cooler.

Use Fans

Moving air is cooler air! Even a one-mile-per-hour breeze will make you feel three to four degrees cooler. By 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.

Save Chores For The Right Time

Cooking, dishwashers, hot showers, and clothes dryers all create heat which will no doubt make both you and your home warmer. These types of 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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