Energy-Efficient Cooling Tips for Florida Homeowners
Whether you’ve lived in Florida your entire life or only for a few years, you’ll know one thing to be true: the temperatures during the summer can be stifling. And while you can always rely on your trusty central air conditioner to keep you cool, there’s a chance you could put some strain on your system if it’s continuously running.
Luckily, the solution is simple: here are some fantastic ways to use your central cooling system efficiently all summer long:
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Since their debut many years ago, thermostats have come a long way in functionality and design. And if you’re looking to cut your home’s cooling costs in half, you may want to consider upgrading your thermostat to a newer model — such as a programmable thermostat.
Unlike a traditional make or model of a thermostat, a programmable version will allow you to create a custom cooling schedule that will cater to your comfort needs. For instance, if you’re at the office during the day and no pets are present at home, you can have your thermostat automatically increase the temperature.
That way, your living space will stay cool — but your central air conditioner won’t be over-exerting itself to keep an empty house cold. Furthermore, setting a custom cooling schedule will also help you cut down on your energy consumption — always a plus for any homeowner looking to save.
Change Your Air Filter
One of the most important (yet, most forgotten) pieces of your central cooling system is the air filter. This device helps to eliminate the potential of airborne contaminants (i.e., dust, pet dander, etcetera) from having the chance of being distributed with the cold air your central air conditioner is producing
Often, though, homeowners will overlook replacing their filters — after all, since their cooling system may seem to be running smoothly. However, many times, that’s not the case. When your air filter requires a replacement, you may begin to notice an uptick in indoor allergies, as well as the uneven distribution of cold air.
On average, you should make a conscious effort to replace your home’s air filter at least once every 30 to 60 days. This will not only ensure that the air your central comfort system produces is clean, but it will also help your system run much more smoothly (and lessen the chance of needing an unexpected repair visit).
Consider a Ductless Mini-Split System
If you do not have a central air conditioning system in place, are you relying on the power of a window-based air conditioner to beat the heat? If so, window units are not only the most non-aesthetically-pleasing system to look at, but they also consume quite a bit of energy — especially when used around the clock.
To help beat the heat as efficiently as possible, you may want to consider switching to a ductless mini-split system. Unlike your typical central air conditioner, a ductless system does not require major renovation or ductwork to be installed — it relies on an air handler (the part of the system that is installed indoors) and a condenser unit (which is placed outdoors).
This powerful system will provide any room it is installed in the comfort of a central air conditioner, as well as a sleek and compact design — meaning you’ll have full use of your windows again! Also, a ductless mini-split system is relatively silent when running and can even provide the luxury of home zoning — if you have more than one handler installed.
Central Air Conditioning Services in Brevard County
Since 1976, Weather Engineers has been Melbourne’s go-to central air conditioning team of experts. We can handle any cooling system make or model from repairs to installations and maintenance — including an array of ductless mini-split systems!
To schedule your appointment, contact us today at (321) 727-2542 or fill out a form online. We look forward to hearing from you!