Living in Florida, we’re no strangers to high energy bills. After all, we crank our air conditioners to beat the heat for the better part of the year. With so much of our monthly income going to cooling costs, many of us will do anything to save energy here and there. That’s why so many homeowners opt to turn their air conditioning systems off each morning before they head to work. But can this small effort really help save money on cooling costs? Here are a few things to consider.
Your Comfort Preferences
Everyone has different comfort preferences. While some homeowners don’t mind the heat, others don’t tolerate it as well. If you’re considering turning off your air conditioning system before work, think about your personal comfort preferences. Florida is obviously very warm during the summer months, so coming home to a warm home may be daunting.
Humidity, Humidity, Humidity
Your HVAC system does more than just keep your home cool, it removes moisture too. Considering we live in one of the most humid states in the U.S., humidity is something we have to pay attention to. If you turn your air conditioning system off when you go to work, you’ll obviously come back to a less-than-cool home, but you could also notice fairly high levels of moisture inside as well. While this won’t be an issue for everyone, for some homeowners, excess humidity can potentially damage valuables. Investing in a dehumidifier can help you keep your cooling costs low, and the humidity levels too.
For more resources on indoor humidity: 5 Ways to Reduce Humidity In Your Home Things Causing Humidity In Your Home
The Win-Win Solution? Invest In a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have one, investing in a programmable thermostat is a convenient way to keep your home comfortable while reducing cooling costs in the process. A programmable thermostat will also you to program your thermostat to adjust temperature settings automatically throughout the day. This way, you can program the device to increase the temperature while you’re away, thus using less energy. Even better, you can programmable the thermostat so that it will conveniently lower the temperature just prior to your arrival home.
Looking for more information on programmable thermostats? Check out our other blogs: Which Programmable Thermostat Is Right for My Home? Are You Making Any of These 3 Thermostat Mistakes?
Keep Comfortable for Less With Energy Air
If you’re looking for more ways to reduce your cooling costs, Energy Air can help. Our team of HVAC professionals offer a variety of products and services designed to boost the comfort of your home without breaking the bank. Give us a call today to learn more, or schedule an appointment online.