In Florida, many homeowners use their air conditioning to cool down during most months of the year. This means more energy use and higher electricity bills. That is why it is important for Floridians to increase energy and AC efficiency throughout the home. The good news is that there are a variety of low-cost, easy to install features that you can incorporate in your house to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning.
Below are three interior home features that you can use to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning and cut down on energy costs:
- Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can help you bring the temperature down in the room considerably in a short amount of time. These fans help move the air and make the room feel cooler without touching your thermostat. Most ceiling fans are energy efficient, using less energy than a 100-watt bulb. They also help to reduce some of the demands on your air conditioner by cooling the room effectively when the temperature starts to heat up.
- Window Treatments
Window treatments not only help you control the heat entering your home, but they can also add character to any room. Blinds and shades can be used to block out the sun and keep the heat at bay while drapes and curtains can also work to reflect the sunlight and keep your rooms cooler. The less heat that enters the house, the less energy that your air conditioning unit puts out to cool your home. Exterior awnings can also provide additional shade to keep your home cooler in the summer.
- Energy-Efficient Lighting
Perhaps one of the easiest and most cost-effective home features that you can introduce to improve air conditioning efficiency is energy-efficient lighting. The more heat that your lighting gives off, the more your air conditioner has to work to keep the space cool. Compact fluorescent lamps and halogen incandescents are two of the most popular light bulbs available that give off far less heat than their traditional counterparts. In addition to energy-efficient light bulbs, you can also use timers to turn off the lights when you are not home and dimmers to lower the light levels, so that the air conditioning does not have to work harder than it needs to.
Being energy efficient is important! Our air conditioning units work hard year-round. Make sure that you’re doing what you can to help your unit work as efficiently as possible.