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If last month’s energy bill left you looking for ways to lower your energy costs, your first thought may have been to adjust the thermostat in your Oldsmar, Florida, home. However, before sacrificing your comfort by dialing back your home’s temperature, you may want to explore some other energy-saving options. Check out these three ways to lower energy costs without touching your thermostat.

Change Your HVAC Filter

You may already know that changing your HVAC filter regularly can help improve your indoor air quality. But did you know your HVAC filter can have a huge impact on your monthly energy bills, too? All of the air that your HVAC system circulates throughout your house passes through the filter. The dirtier the filter is, the harder it is for your system to push air through it. And the harder your system works, the higher your bills will climb.

For optimal efficiency, check your air filter once a month and replace or clean as needed.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

If your home has ceiling fans, put them to use. Although ceiling fans cannot actually cool your home, they can make you feel cooler by better circulating the conditioned air. Run fans in their usual counterclockwise direction to create a breeze. During colder months, you can flip the switch so that they rotate clockwise and push warm air down for a warming effect.

Spruce Up Your Windows

Finally, don’t forget to give your windows a little love. Start by sealing any cracks that could be letting conditioned air escape. Next, turn your attention to your window treatments — particularly on south- and west-facing windows. Installing blinds, insulating curtains, tinted window film, or shades on these windows will help block direct sunlight and keep your home cooler.

One final suggestion: If your bills have been getting progressively higher each month, the best move for your budget may be to schedule an HVAC tuneup, repair, or replacement. Give us a call at (727) 213-5888 to find out how the experts at Advanced Cooling Systems can help!

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