For most households in Naples, 48 percent of their utility costs are for heating and cooling, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If you are frustrated by seeing your energy bills increase month after month, there are some actions that you can take right now. Here are three ways you can cut energy costs this spring without sacrificing your comfort or health.
Change the Air Filter
A dirty air filter could lower your cooling system’s energy efficiency by about 20 percent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This could result in unnecessarily high energy costs during the warm spring and hot and humid summers in Naples. Check your air conditioner’s filter once each month. As soon as it looks dirty, replace it. If your cooling system has a reusable filter, the owner’s manual provides instructions on how to clean it.
Get a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
A programmable or smart thermostat allows you to set schedules for your home’s temperature. If you have a consistent schedule, you can optimize it to save energy while you’re away from home. Increasing the temperature on the thermostat by seven to 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer could lower your utility bills by 10 percent.
Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-up
A professional tune-up of your cooling system by one of our HVAC contractors could also help you cut energy costs this spring. During a maintenance visit, we clean the coils and fins, replace the air filter, scour the condensate line and run a full system performance test. We also clean and lubricate the motor and fan. All of these actions allow the cooling system to operate as efficiently as possible. If any issues are identified during the spring tune-up, this gives our HVAC contractors plenty of time to return and make the repair.
For more information about how to cut energy costs this spring, check out JP Brett & Sons Air Conditioning’s HVAC services page or call today.