Summer heat and humidity intensify in South Florida well into the fall. Hurricane season does not end until November 30. This means your air conditioning system is working 24/7 to control heat and humidity.
Here are a few tips to conserve on energy use.
1. Use the right type of windows to hold in cool air and keep out hot air.
Impact windows are effective in controlling the indoor environment while protecting your home against pounding rain, high winds, and airborne objects. The heavier, sealed windows insulate every room from bathrooms to sunrooms. This keeps your air conditioner working at its most efficient level. If you use a dehumidifier, it does not have to work as hard to keep rooms dry.
The windows allow sunlight into the room but control heat. Impact windows have a low solar heat gain coefficient rating. This indicates that little or no heat can penetrate the windows. The windows also protect you and the room against excessive UV rays.
Air pressure stays constant in rooms with impact glass even when a storm is approaching.
2. Set your programmable thermostat.
Your thermostat should read approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit while you are home. This is considered the most comfortable temperature when the thermometer hits 90 degrees with 60% humidity.
Program your thermostat at seven to ten degrees higher while you are away from home. This also saves an estimated 10% on energy cost. The home will cool off when your thermostat returns to 78 degrees.
3. Check your air conditioner filter systems several times during the spring, summer, and fall.
Change the filters if necessary since a clogged or full filter makes the air conditioner work harder. Also, open vents to all rooms. The AC system works harder when rooms are closed off. It is still trying to cool those rooms.
Your HVAC system should have a complete check-up before summer. People in most areas of Florida use their AC far more than the heating system. A clean HVAC system will save energy if it is working correctly.
4. Use cool LED lighting in your home to save energy.
Light emitting diode bulbs are much cooler than incandescent bulbs and they use less energy. Your home stays cooler during the evenings.
LED outdoor lighting also saves energy. LED lights are available for swimming pools and walkways for safety.
Contact Alco for more information on using impact windows to save energy and protect your home all year, especially during hurricane season. Impact windows eliminate the need for storm shutters when a hurricane is predicted.
Alco is a locally-owned Miami business. We have our own crew of professional installers to give you the best service. We are happy to schedule a free consultation to demonstrate the advantages of impact windows.