Even small repair issues can cause your AC to use significantly more energy than usual. Your family can avoid higher energy bills by keeping your air conditioning unit in good shape. The following tips from the Florida Public Utilities Company can show you the simplest strategies for a healthy air conditioner.
- Clear Weeds and Leaves: Make sure your outdoor AC unit has clear air flow. Weeds growing up around the unit or leaves and debris on top of the unit will hinder air flow and cause your unit to not run as efficiently.
- Have an Annual Professional Cleaning: Central air conditioners are common in Florida and are complex systems. It is good practice to have a reputable and professional HVAC contractor perform annual maintenance on your system. They will clean all the components you can’t access safely.
- Regularly Change Your Filters: One of the most important parts of energy-saving AC maintenance can actually be performed by you. Filters, when changed regularly, reduce the amount of dust and debris that infiltrates into your air conditioning system. A dirty filter can both reduce efficiency and worsen air quality. Take time to inspect your filter and determine how often the filter should be changed. Use a MERV 8 filter and change it every three months. Put a note on a calendar to remind yourself.
Florida Public Utilities Company works to provide accessible utilities to every Florida resident. We even offer rebates on energy-efficient appliances. Call us at (561) 832-0872 to learn more about our money-saving programs.