Air conditioners are obviously put under a lot of strain in this part of the country. Between the heat and the humidity, cooling one’s home effectively is going to take an air conditioner working at peak performance levels. When you throw in the desire for an affordable cooling experience, things can start to look even more difficult. The good news is that you really do not need to invest in a brand new, high-efficiency system to boost your cooling efficiency during our long, hot cooling season.
Now, don’t get us wrong. Investing in this type of equipment is certainly money well-spent when you consider how brutal our summer weather can be—and just how long “summer” can last, regardless of what the calendar has to say about season start and end dates. However, we completely understand that not everyone has the money lying around for a full system upgrade. That is why, as a trusted HVAC contractor in Melbourne, FL, we are happy to share the following tips with you.
Upgrade Your Thermostat First
Seriously, you just told me that I don’t need to upgrade my system! Settle down, settle down. We are merely suggesting that you consider upgrading your thermostat, not your entire HVAC system. And even then, only in certain situations. It may not sound like that big of a change, but doing so can actually help you to seriously scale back your cooling costs (and heating, for that matter).
If you have an old manual thermostat, then you definitely should be replacing it ASAP. A digital model will allow you much better control over temperatures throughout your home. That being said, a basic digital model is really the bare minimum that we’d recommend. Opting for a programmable model makes regulating your system more convenient and means that you don’t have to choose between coming home to comfortable temperatures and not having to run your AC all day as if the house were occupied. If your system is compatible, a smart thermostat may be even better!
Use Heavier Curtains
Looking for something seriously low-tech that can help you to cut back on your cooling costs? Then invest in some good, heavy curtains for your windows. Yes, really—blocking out the sun may be basic, but it’s effective!
There is no absence of sunshine in this area, and all of that sun beating on your windows will result in a lot of heat gain. Sure, your air conditioner may be able to counteract it so you don’t really realize it, but blocking out the sun during the hottest time of the day can provide your AC—and your budget—with some serious relief.
You didn’t really think we’d miss a chance to plug annual AC maintenance, did you? Yes, we bring this up a lot. No, it’s not overkill. The single best way to protect energy efficiency when cooling your home is to keep your system tuned up! Take advantage of our maintenance program, and know that you’re reaping the full benefits of all that maintenance has to offer.
Schedule your AC services with Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc.