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Saving Money: AC Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Home


Air conditioning accounts for a large chunk of home energy usage, especially in hot climates like Florida. The good news is there are many ways you can reduce your AC’s power demands and lower electricity costs. Follow these air conditioner energy efficiency tips recommended by the experts at Precision Air Solutions. Just small adjustments can lead to considerable savings!

Tune Up Your AC

One of the best ways to maximize efficiency is to get yearly maintenance tune-ups for your system. Our licensed technicians will:

– Check and adjust refrigerant levels
– Inspect electrical components
– Lubricate moving parts
– Clean evaporator coils and condensing units
– Ensure ductwork is sealed
– Replace filters
– And much more!

Well-maintained equipment runs smoother and consumes less energy. Maintenance helps reduce costly repairs down the road too.

Upgrade Older Units

Today’s AC units are vastly more efficient than those built even 10 years ago. Upgrading an older unit to a new ENERGY STAR model can reduce your cooling costs by 20% or more. Newer units also have improved pollution control, enhanced performance features, and updated controls for zoned temperature management.

We can assess your home, provide replacement recommendations and offer special financing if needed. The long-term savings will be well worth the investment.

Adjust Your Thermostat

One of the simplest ways to save is to keep your thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature during AC season. Recommended indoor temperatures are 78° F or higher. You can also install a programmable thermostat to automatically raise temperatures when you are asleep or away.

Turning your AC off when the home is unoccupied provides huge savings. Smart thermostats that you can control remotely are ideal for maximum comfort and efficiency.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans optimized for summer rotation pull cooler air up from lower in the room, creating a wind chill effect. Run your ceiling fans along with your AC to allow for higher thermostat settings. Fans also promote air circulation so you avoid hot and cold spots.

Improve Insulation

A common source of AC energy waste is cooled air escaping through leaks, unsealed openings and insufficient insulation. Perform an insulation inspection and upgrade areas like the attic, walls, ceilings, windows and ductwork to recommended R-values. Properly insulating your home makes a dramatic difference in AC runtime needed.

Seal Air Leaks

In addition to insulation, meticulously sealing all cracks, gaps and openings helps prevent cooled air from escaping in summer. Perform a thorough air sealing, prioritizing areas like windows, doors, electrical outlets and plumbing penetrations. You’ll notice the difference in AC runtime needed to maintain comfortable temps.

Strategically Use Shade

In the warmer months, strategically close blinds, drapes and shades on windows getting direct sunlight to block solar heat gain indoors. Plant trees and shrubs to provide shade. Also avoid using heat-producing appliances like ovens during the hottest parts of the day. Reducing heat gain equals less AC needed.

Contact Precision Air Solutions Today

Follow these AC efficiency tips to start reducing unnecessary energy usage and costs. Our team of experts can also perform an energy audit of your home and recommend the most impactful efficiency upgrades to fit your budget. Stay cool while keeping energy bills in check. Contact Precision Air Solutions today at 407-755-7777!