Summer in Fort Pierce, FL, means two things: high temperatures and higher energy bills. It’s no surprise that the average Floridian spends nearly $300 each year staying comfortable during the summer. If you want to save on air conditioning costs, look at the true price of staying cool throughout the hot season.

Energy Bills

Any discussion of how much it costs to cool a home during the summer starts with energy bills. They come every month and are higher when the weather is hotter. During the summer, cooling your home can account for up to 70 percent of your power bill.

If you want to save on this, turn your thermostat up a few degrees so that your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard. A central air conditioning unit uses as much as 50 cents worth of power each hour, so every hour that you’re not using it is money saved. More efficient units, as measured by the AC unit’s SEER value, turn out more cold air for the buck, but an upgrade will cost you up front.

Repair Costs

Energy bills aren’t the only way that keeping cool can cost you. Your condenser requires routine maintenance. Without it, it may break down, costing you even more money. Don’t neglect the annual maintenance of an AC unit, especially in a place like Florida where it’s constantly under stress.

Home Upgrades

You can also keep your home cooler for less by replacing your old AC unit with a new, more efficient model. New units can cool your house with less than half of the power of old, inefficient systems. This saves you money on utility bills every month while keeping you comfortable at the same time.

If you need a new AC unit or if your old one needs a tunup, call Preferred Air Conditioning & Mechanical, Inc. today. We’re here to help you stay cool all summer.

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