Are you looking to improve the energy efficiency in your home? From energy-efficient light bulbs to low-flow toilets, there are numerous home improvements you can make to lower your utility bills in your Leesburg, FL home. One of the most cost-effective things you can do is to ensure your air conditioner operates as efficiently as possible. The less energy your AC system expends, the more money you’ll keep in your pocket. The following tips can help you reduce your costs for cooling while saving you money, energy, and time year-round.

Change the Air Filter

Simply changing the air filter in your AC system could lower its energy consumption by five to 15 percent. Clogged or dirty air filters impact airflow, making it harder for your air conditioner to keep you comfortable. Worse yet, they allow dirt to accumulate on the cooling coils, impairing their ability to absorb heat. Our Beginner’s Guide to Changing Air Filters makes it easy to take on this DIY project.

Install a Smart Thermostat

You can save up to $180 each year on utility bills by adjusting your thermostat while you’re away or asleep. By learning your schedule and temperature preferences over time, a smart thermostat can save you even more. Wi-Fi enabled models let you monitor settings and track your energy usage from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. It’s a convenient way to hold onto more of your hard-earned cash.

Get an Energy Audit

To prepare for your energy audit, make a list of problems that you’re experiencing in your home, such as uneven heating and cooling and air leakage. Also, make sure that you have copies of your home’s energy bills.

An energy audit will help you understand how much energy you and your family use in your home. When an energy auditor visits your home, they will examine all of the rooms in your home and review past utility bills. Based on the information that they gather, they will recommend home upgrades so you can save money on energy costs and improve your comfort.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Ensuring that your AC equipment is properly maintained is as important as scheduling tune-ups for your car. Without routine care, your air conditioner will decline in efficiency and your energy bills will rise year after year. Preventive maintenance from DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc also reduces your risk of unexpected repair costs. By extending the system’s service life, you’ll save money down the road too.

Our NATE-certified professionals are dedicated to optimizing the performance of your heating and cooling systems. For more information about our money-saving services, check out our HVAC maintenance section or call today!

Originally published in July 2018, updated in March 2020

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