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Improving Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency – Part 1

Save energy with energy efficient ac units

There are a few simple things that homeowners can do to avoid needing to search for “air conditioning repair near me” or “best AC repair Port St Lucie” on a regular basis. As the Florida summer heats up, here are a handful of tips and tricks to keep your home cool and your HVAC system running smoothly.

Forget about it: consider a programmable thermostat and controls

Our lives these days are busy and it’s often very easy to walk out of your home in the morning and forget to turn up the AC. So, while you’re away all day, your empty home stays a pleasant 73 degrees with no one there to enjoy it. Avoid an unnecessarily expensive power bill this summer by installing programmable controls and thermostats. Automatically adjust temperatures according to the times of day you’re home. Many new energy efficient automation systems will also turn on and off lights at a designated time.

Out with the old, in with the new energy efficient HVAC equipment

If your system is older than 10 years, it’s time to consider a new air conditioning system installation. By replacing an ancient system, you could see double digit returns on an investment in a new system. Today’s high efficiency systems have a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) that average between 14 to 18 which significantly outperform older models. In addition to a higher SEER, look for HVAC systems that are Energy Star rated models.

Maintain your home’s insulation

For the Tide Pod eaters, insulation is just that cotton-candy looking stuff all homes seem to be hiding in the walls. For the homeowner serious about maintaining efficiency, it’s the difference between an air conditioner that runs all the time versus one that runs at peak performance. A poorly insulated home bleeds cold air at an alarming rate during Florida’s brutal summers. HVAC systems that run constantly are prone to more repairs and higher energy costs. Inspect your home for holes or gaps in your insulation that may be forcing your unit to run more than it needs to.

If you’d like to learn about more air conditioning efficiency tips, give our team a call. American Air Cares has been a leading expert in air conditioning repairs in Port St. Lucie for over 25 years, and we will be glad to provide you with answers to all your questions. Give us a call!


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