Keeping comfortable in Florida isn’t the easiest thing to do. You want your home to be cool, but you also want to keep your energy bills as low as possible. While investing in a newer air conditioner as well as engaging in seasonal maintenance can help, there are a few small things you can do to make your home cooler so your air conditioner needs to kick on less often.
Avoid Solar Gain
The solar gain of a home is the heat gained from the sun. Sun bearing down on your home will naturally make it hotter. You can’t do much about the sun beating down on your roof, but you can keep your home cooler by drawing the blinds through sunny windows during the day. Awnings and carefully placed landscaping can help out as well.
Lower Interior Heat Gain
Run the dryer, use the dishwasher, take a hot shower, run the oven – it all adds to the interior heat of your home. It is best to wait to do these things in the morning or evening in order to not add to the hottest time of the day which forces your air conditioner to kick on more.
Take Advantage of Natural Ventilation
On evenings with low humidity and a temperature lower than what you set your air conditioner to, turn off the AC and throw the windows open. In the morning, you can close up the house, turn on the AC, and benefit from having that cooler night air trapped inside.
Run the Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan uses minimal energy and is useful for keeping multiple people cooler through the wind chill effect. The breeze on your skin makes things feel much cooler, but unfortunately it is really only effective if someone is in the room when the fan is on.
For more insight into your air conditioning system, give the experts at Honest AC of Venice a call! From repairs to installation, we can share our years of expertise with you!