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If your monthly cooling utility bills are steadily increasing at your Clearwater Beach, Florida, home, you may have some habits that are causing the costs to rise. Check out these common habits you might not realize are costing you extra money every month in bills.

Dirty Air Filter

One of the most common causes of poor HVAC efficiency is a dirty air filter. Many homeowners get out of the habit of changing it regularly, often because it’s out of sight and out of mind. However, the filter in your unit helps to keep dust, pollen, dirt, dander, pet hair, and other debris from settling in the ducts. When it’s clogged with debris, it can no longer do its job, which means your HVAC system has to work harder to move air. The system uses more energy to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, causing your bills to go up.

Manual Thermostat Adjustments

Another bad habit is constantly making manual adjustments to your thermostat. Setting a schedule and allowing the system to cycle on and off more efficiently will help keep your bills under control. You should also allow the temperature to rise in the summer or drop in the winter by about 10-15 degrees from your comfortable indoor temperature when you’re away from home or asleep.

Running it Too Much

It’s no surprise that if your thermostat is set to 65 degrees throughout the summer months, your bills are substantially higher during this time of the year. Instead of putting so much extra strain on the air conditioning system, try using other methods to stay cool. Ceiling and floor fans make a big difference in the overall atmosphere. Try raising your thermostat temperature by several degrees and running the fans when you’re at home. You may notice that the wind chill effect produced by the fans helps keep you more comfortable while lowering your energy usage.

If you’ve adjusted your habits but still can’t keep your HVAC bills under control, contact Advanced Cooling Systems at (727) 213-5888 for a tuneup or repair service.

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