Sunny skies and milder temperatures make West Palm Beach, Florida, the envy of the nation during the winter season. When it comes to energy expenses, however, the tables are turned. The amount of electricity used to keep Florida homes comfortable is 40 percent higher than the national average. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to make changes that will result in substantial energy savings.
Now is the perfect time to invest in cost-effective home improvements. For maximum energy savings, focus on changes that help to optimize your HVAC systems. When combined, the following four projects can lower your heating and cooling costs by an astonishing 50 percent!
- Air Sealing – Drafts not only let outdoor air inside but allow the air you’ve paid to condition to escape outside. Use weatherstripping and caulk to plug up the leaks.
- Preventive Maintenance – Pre-season tuneups keep your comfort systems operating at top efficiency. Schedule AC maintenance now to save money throughout Florida’s long hot-weather season.
- Attic Insulation – If you can see the floor joists protruding from your existing attic insulation, chances are good you’ll save money by adding more.
- Programmable Thermostats – Enjoy the convenience and comfort of smart thermostats that automatically adjust household temperatures when you’re home, asleep or away.
From planting trees to pruning hedges, your outdoor environment presents energy-saving opportunities too. A carefully positioned tree can shade your home in the summer. A well-trimmed hedge offers protection from damaging winds. When it comes to outdoor HVAC equipment, keep the area around the unit free of plants and debris. The condenser and compressor rely on good air circulation to deliver the best performance.
Milder temperatures may rule the day now, but it won’t be long before the West Palm Beach region gets hot, humid and wet. Contact your local HVAC experts for energy-saving solutions. If you would like to find out more about our services, you can reach our Port Saint Lucie office at (772) 905-3358 or our West Palm Beach location at (561) 202-1422.
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