It’s the middle of summer; in Central Florida, homes are bound to heat up fast. But don’t stop cooling off with your home’s air conditioning in fear of a higher electricity bill—follow these simple steps to ensuring a cool house and a wallet-friendly bill.
Plug any drafts. Older windows might be prone to these, allowing cold air can escape. You can pick up inexpensive plastic film to better insulate these areas. Take a look at other potential weak spots, like the attic, to see where added insulation is needed.
Be smart about your thermostat. Why leave the air conditioning on all day if no one’s home? Program your thermostat so that it doesn’t have to work so hard when you’re away (programmable thermostats can save 30% on your bill annually, according to US News).
Clean out your filters. AC filters should be cleaned (rinsed with water and air dried, typically) once a month to ensure they’re doing the job.
Cover up! With window shades, that is. Wherever you can, use blackout shades or other treatments to prevent sunlight from getting in and heating up your home.
There’s another way to decrease the hot sun’s effect on your house, but it’ll take a while to work: planting trees or shrubs around your house! They will provide natural shade so your home’s AC doesn’t have to work so hard.