Summer has officially arrived in Tampa, Florida, which means you might be tempted to turn up the air conditioner and hide away in your nice, cool home until fall returns. While you can easily turn your home into a summertime oasis, you don’t have to crank up the cooling system all the way to do so. From adding more insulation to investing in an energy-efficient system, find out how to reduce your home’s energy usage while still staying cool this summer.
Add More Insulation
Think insulation is only necessary during the winter when you need to keep warm air indoors and chilly breezes outside? Think again. Insulation is also essential during the summer, especially if you want to give your cooling system a break and lower your household energy consumption. A home performance audit can identify areas of your home that need extra insulation, such as around the foundation, in the attic, and in the sunroom.
Replace Old Windows
If you’ve never replaced your home’s windows, there’s a good chance your house still has single-paned windows that let hot, humid air leak indoors all summer long. While you can use caulk to seal cracks and add weather-stripping to seal leaks around windows, consider replacing older windows for even more energy savings. Look for Energy Star-certified windows, which can help you save up to $465 in energy costs annually.
Install an Energy-Efficient Cooling System
Over time, air conditioners and heat pumps lose efficiency, which can waste energy and drive up your utility bills. If your cooling system is more than a decade old, talk with the Advanced Cooling Systems team about replacing it with an energy-efficient system. In fact, you can substantially lower your energy usage and save up to 40 percent on cooling costs with a new air conditioner. We recommend adding a smart thermostat like the Trane ComfortLink II XL1050 to get even more control over your HVAC-related energy consumption.
Whether you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or you need a hand installing your new smart thermostat, we’re at your service. Call the Advanced Cooling Systems team today: (727) 213-5888.
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