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Are you concerned about facing high energy bills this summer? Learn seven steps you can take that will lower your Jupiter, FL, home’s monthly power bills and also increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Seal or Upgrade Your Windows

Your air conditioner is going to work harder if air escapes because your home’s windows are sealed improperly. Apply weather stripping and caulking to your windows in order to prevent your home’s air from leaking outside.

Your windows could be so old that they need replacing. Taking the upfront hit of installing energy-efficient windows might be what’s required in order to save money on your energy bills over the long term.

Once your windows are replaced or sealed, consider using ceiling fans to use the well-contained cool air efficiently. Keep the thermostat set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and use ceiling fans to circulate the air. Your energy bill will decrease because your HVAC system won’t need to work as hard to cool your home.

Maintain the Ductwork

Leaky or damaged ducts decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. The direct result is a higher power bill because your AC unit needs to work harder to maintain your desired temperature.

Get your ductwork inspected and fixed at least once a year. Don’t try to perform this work yourself, however. It’s best to hire a certified professional who knows how to diagnose all HVAC system ductwork issues.

Replace or Clean the Air Filters

Letting your HVAC system’s air filters become dirty or clogged is a sure-fire way to make your air conditioner work too hard. The short-term result is a higher power bill. The long-term result is the need to pay for major AC repair work as the system continues working overtime to cool your home.

Don’t let too much dirt and debris clog the air filters. Clean or replace them at least once monthly during the summer.

Limit Indoor Cooking

Your air conditioner is strained when cooking indoors because the house’s temperature rises. Grill outside at least two times a week during the summer. This will help lower HVAC system energy costs, and it’s also a lot of fun.

If you don’t want to grill outside, then consider using other types of appliances that don’t add as much heat as stovetop cooking does. For example, use an electric griddle or the crockpot to make meals.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

A smart thermostat lets you adjust your home’s temperature based on your schedule. For instance, you can set it so that the temperature automatically goes up by five degrees as you leave for work, then cools back down before you return home. The result is a lower utility bill.

Insulate Your Attic and Walls

Similar to escaping via windows, your home’s cool air will pass through walls if they’re not insulated correctly. Crawl spaces and attics can also allow air to escape. If you’re living in an older house, then bringing in a professional to insulate your home more efficiently will go a long way toward keeping your AC unit from overworking.

Perform Regular HVAC System Maintenance

Get your HVAC system tune-up every year. This needs to be done to keep small problems from becoming larger ones. If you hear strange noises or smell odd odors coming from your system, then this is not something to put off any longer.

A professional maintenance appointment allows your technician to inspect belts, examine the electrical parts, analyze the motor and check the refrigerant levels. Maintaining your HVAC system will help it last longer, keep it running efficiently and keep your energy bills low.

Has it been a while since you’ve had an HVAC tune-up? Call one of our friendly Stephen K Denny, Inc., representatives to schedule your next HVAC maintenance appointment. Our comfort advisors are available 24/7 and provide same-day service. We’ll help you make sure your family remains comfortable throughout the summer.

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