For many homeowners, the cost of heating and air conditioning in Clearwater FL is second only to the cost of each month’s mortgage or rental payment. Heating and air conditioning consume the greatest portion of each month’s utility bills, more than the combined cost of water heating, cooking, lights and the powering of electronics and other appliances. At Senica Air Conditioning, Inc., we offer Clearwater FL residents these five tips to reduce the costs of heating and air conditioning while still maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.
1. Schedule System Tune-Ups
The most effective way to save on your heating and cooling costs is to schedule two system tune-ups each year. Ideally, you should have your air conditioner tuned up each spring and then have your heating system tuned up each fall. System tune-ups include a performance and safety inspection, cleaning and lubrication and checking of all fluid levels, wiring and thermostat settings.
2. Replace the Air Filter
The air filter of your heating and cooling system is responsible for up to 15 percent of energy costs. A dirty filter will cause your system to consume more energy than is necessary. Taking the filter out and cleaning it or replacing it at least every three months will keep your utility costs lower. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, asthma or if there is a smoker or furry pet in your home, you may want to do this on a monthly basis.
3. Programmable Thermostat
If your home does not already have one, our service technicians can install a programmable thermostat to automate your climate control. Taking advantage of the thermostat’s ability to adjust the indoor temperature while you are away or asleep can save one percent for each degree the thermostat is lowered for eight hours of time. So, lowering the thermostat by 5 degrees during the winter while you are away from work for 8 hours could reduce your utility bills by up to 5 percent.
4. Reduce Air Leaks
Check around your home for air leaks. Pay extra attention to the windows, doors and attic of your house. Reducing unwanted heat exchange with the outdoors is a cost effective way to lower your utility costs.
5. Energy Star Equipment
When you need to install new heating and cooling equipment, select an Energy Star rated system. This equipment uses less power to heat and cool.At Senica Air Conditioning, Inc., we are always available to answer your questions and concerns about heating and air conditioning systems in Clearwater FL. We take pride in offering you our expert advice on cutting the cost of maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. We hope that you will continue to come to us with all of your service needs for heating and air conditioning in Clearwater FL. For more expert advice or to obtain our professional services for your heating and cooling equipment, all you need to do is give us a call and speak with one of our expert technicians or customer service staff.