Cooling costs account for a big chunk of your home’s energy budget when you live in Florida’s hot, humid climate. Fortunately, a few small changes can help lower your bills each month. Use these simple tips to lower cooling costs in your Sarasota, Florida, home:

Use Your Thermostat Efficiently

Set your home’s thermostat to be a bit warmer than normal when you’re not in the house. Every degree that you raise the thermostat’s temperature will result in direct savings on your energy bill. In fact, you can save up to 3 percent off your cooling bill for every degree you raise the temperature above 78. Use a programmable or a smart thermostat to achieve the best results.

Change Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filter

A dirty filter can be one of the biggest causes of an inefficient air conditioner as well as poor indoor air quality. Stay on top of your filter’s condition by replacing it often. During the months when you’re using your air conditioner almost all the time, change the filter as often as once a month. Avoiding a dirty filter keeps your air conditioner running more efficiently, and it’s better for your whole system in the long run.

Schedule Regular AC Maintenance

In addition to tackling tasks like replacing the air conditioning filters on your own, you need to bring in the pros to inspect, maintain and repair your AC system. Make an appointment for a team of service technicians to visit your home twice per year — once in the spring and once in the fall — to perform a tune-up on your system. This is one of the best ways to save energy and prolong equipment life.

If you think your HVAC system might need some preventive work or that it’s been a while since an inspection, call All American Heating & Cooling at 941-479-6060 to schedule preventive maintenance today. We’ll make sure you’re maximizing comfort and saving money at the same time.

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