Because cooling and heating your home accounts for almost half of your annual energy cost, it’s important to make sure that your A/C system is operating properly and efficiently and that your ductwork is free of leaks.
That’s why Aloha Air Conditioning offers a variety of cooling and heating solutions designed to:
- Save you money on your electric bill without sacrificing your comfort
- Improve the air quality in your home.
- Assist in the repair of your ductwork and the replacement of your A/C system.
By following these tips, you can maximize your A/C system’s efficiency while saving energy and money along the way.
Making Your A/C System Work For You
To ensure your A/C system is working as efficiently as possible, here are some things you can do to get the most for your energy dollars:
1.Check your thermostat
- Cool your home at 78® or warmer with the thermostat fan switch on “auto.” For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82® or warmer when you’re away from home.
- Heat your home at 68® or cooler with the thermostat fan switch on “auto.” To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65® or cooler at bedtime or when you’re away from home.
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings. It also helps to maintain a comfortable temperature when you wake up or return home.
- When on vacation, cool your home at 85® with the thermostat fan switch on “auto”, to help prevent mildew from developing (in most homes).
2. Use fans
- Reduce your A/C costs and keep your home comfortable by using inexpensive, energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. This will allow you to set your thermostat higher and still feel cool.
- Turning off your ceiling fan when you leave the room could save you between $3-7 a month, depending on the speed, model and age of fan.
- When buying a fan, choose the right size for the room. For example:
– 10’ x 10’ room or smaller = 36” fan
– 15’ x 20’ room = 52” fan
– Rooms larger then 15’x 20’ = two 52” fans
3. Keep your unit clean and clear
- Learn where your A/C filter is.
- Change the filter regularly using the proper size, or clean it monthly.
- Keep leaves, shrubbery and debris at least 18 inches away from your outdoor unit to avoid blocking the airflow.
4. Maintain proper airflow through your system
- Keep the interior doors and vents open to help your A/C circulate air more efficiently.
5. Keep sunlight out during summer months
- Close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of day
6. Install or upgrade insulation
- Install or upgrade insulation in your home, especially if it was built before 1982, to help reduce your cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
7. Consider buying a new A/C unit
- If your system is over 10 years old, has undergone frequent repairs and still doesn’t keep your home cool, it may be time to purchase a new unit.
- FPL’s A/C Program can help you when shopping for a new system. Call us for a copy of the free A/C Buying Guide to help you buy a high-efficiency system that’s right for your home.
8. Maintain and service your unit regularly
- Maintain and service your unit regularly to help your unit run more efficiently