Your HVAC unit uses a staggering amount of power each year. Thankfully, you can limit the amount of energy needed to cool or heat your home. Check out the following homeowner tips to keep your Jacksonville home comfortable for less.
- Program Your Thermostat: Programmable thermostats offer an easy way to manage home temperatures. These innovative devices allow you to set the AC to reflect your schedule—you can lower your energy bill by only cooling the house when you’re home. Programmable thermostats also ensure that you won’t have to sweat in your home as the AC kicks in. Instead, set the thermostat to activate just before you arrive home.
- Seal Your Leaks: When air escapes your home, the indoor temperature begins to change. As a result, drafts cause your AC to run overtime and waste energy. Look for broken seals, cracked caulking, and loose fitting windows and doors. Small repairs to these seals will protect your home from these costly air leaks.
- Shade Your Windows: During the summer, harsh sunlight can significantly increase the temperature inside your home. You can negate these effects with a few simple strategies. Dark curtains, for example, help to limit the amount of sunlight that passes through windows. Heat-reflecting windows are an equally effective option for homeowners trying to reduce energy costs.
- Maintain Your Machine: Your air conditioner is most efficient when free of maintenance problems. Dirty coils, blocked vents, and worn components force your AC to use more power. In addition, a damaged HVAC unit takes longer to return your home to a comfortable temperature. Seasonal repair visits from a professional will protect your home from the impacts of a failing AC unit.
AC repair and duct cleaning from McGowan's Heating and Air Conditioning can help you keep your home comfortable. We’ve proudly served the Jacksonville area for almost 40 years. Visit us online or call (904) 278-0339 for more information on our expert technicians.