As the temperature climbs and humidity levels rise in Crystal River, Florida, keeping cool while moderating energy usage might seem impossible. Fortunately, you can keep energy consumption in check while still staying comfortable. From installing a smart thermostat to replacing your aging air conditioner, check out four ways to save energy at home this summer.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Upgrading your manual thermostat to a smart device will help you save both energy and money throughout the summer. At Senica Air Conditioning, we recommend installing a Wi-Fi-enabled device like the Infinity Remote Touch Access Control. You can program this smart thermostat to increase your home’s temperature by 8 to 10 degrees while you’re asleep or out for the day, saving you substantial energy yet still keeping you cool when necessary.

Use Ceiling Fans for Extra Boosts of Cool

Your air conditioner is essential for helping beat the Florida heat, but you can easily give your cooling system an energy-efficient boost. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise, and turn them on only when you’re in the room. When ceiling fans are operating, you can turn the thermostat up by as much as 4 degrees without noticing a change in your comfort level. Since ceiling fans use less energy than your HVAC system does, you’ll save energy while staying cool.

Keep the Hot Sun Out of Your Home

No matter how much you love summer sunshine, keep in mind that welcoming the sun into your home can increase the temperature indoors, causing your air conditioner to work harder. To keep energy consumption in check, close the curtains during the day, especially if you’ll be out of the house.

Replace Your Aging Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner has kept you cool for 15 years or more, start thinking about replacing it with an energy-efficient unit. In fact, you could save substantial energy and up to 40 percent of your cooling costs with an efficient upgrade.

Need advice on a new air conditioner or want to learn more about smart thermostats? Call the cooling technicians at Senica Air Conditioning today. You can reach us at 866-881-5935.

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