Seven Easy Project Ideas From Alpha Dog Air to Save Money During Hot Florida Summers
We offer you a few easy project ideas that will take only a small amount of money and just a little handyman skills to perform and these ideas will have a nice pay off this coming Florida summer. Anyone who lives in Florida knows just how hot and humid it can get and we here at Alpha Dog Air would like to help you and your home reach it’s maximum energy efficiency. If you do some of these things before the summer months hit, you’ll be way ahead of the game and will be enjoying cool comfort as soon as the summer months hit.
Add Floor and/or Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can not only help cool down your home but they also can add a nice decorative flair to your home as well. You can install them with or without lights so that they can serve a dual purpose. These fans can be used year round because they have a switch that can reverse the direction of the blades. They have the ability to push our natural body heat away from us and help cool us by cooling our perspiration. Floor fans are convenient because they can be moved to any room that needs to be cooled down and can be put out of the way when they aren’t being used. Both types of fans can help save on energy if you use them during the milder months before summer. When rooms are a tad warm but not warm enough for your A/C, use ceiling or floor fans instead to cut down on your utility bills.
Clean and Replace Filters
It’s important that your air conditioning system is running efficiently when in use and one way that you can help ensure that it is, is make sure that your air filters are clean. Make sure to check your filters and replace disposable ones that are clogged and dirty with new ones. If your A/C uses reusable filters then make sure that you remove it and clean it good before putting it back in your A/C system. No matter what type of cooling system you have, it’s important that the air filters are always clean because they need to have an even and unobstructed air flow in order for them to operate efficiently. Not only will this help keep your home cooler for longer it also ensures that you will also be breathing healthier air.
Anyone who lives in Florida knows just how humid it gets especially during the hottest days of summer. You can help with that problem by installing a modest sized dehumidifier, something like a 40 pint size can actually work good enough to help reduce the heavy workload of your air conditioner. By including one of these in your home you’ll be increasing your comfort level and help lower your cooling costs at the same time. On top of that, by decreasing the humidity in your home it’s going to cut down on harmful mildew growing which in turn helps to improve the air quality in your home.
If your A/C is exposed to the hot Florida sun all day it’s going to become extremely hot and this can cause excess work on the unit and it can raise the cost of your cooling bills. This is why it’s a good idea to provide your A/C unit with some shade. You can do this by planting a nice shade tree, a group of bushes or some other sort of shading that will help cut down on the exposure the unit gets from the sun. Keeping your A/C unit covered in shade is going to help lower it’s workload.
It’s important that you make sure your A/C unit receives yearly preventive maintenance. Our experts at Alpha Dog Air are willing and able to help you with this quick and easy service. We will clean and lubricate your entire system and make sure that your refrigerant is charged properly. Our experts will also make sure that your unit and all its parts are up to environmental standards by testing and cleaning all the working components.
It’s always a good idea to have your preventive maintenance done during the cooler months of the year so that when the extreme heat of Florida hits you and your cooling system will be ready for the workload it will have to face.
Inspect A/C Seals
Another way to help save on money and cut down on your cooling systems workload is to make sure that you inspect all the weather stripping as well as caulking that is found all through your home. You need to make sure there are no cracks or gaps in the weather stripping or caulking. If you do find any damage it’s easy and inexpensive to repair and/or replace. This is not only good for your cooling system during the summer months but it’s also a good idea to replace and/or repair weather stripping for the cooler months as well. Overall, the benefit is lower utility costs overall.
If you happen to have a window-mounted A/C you will want to inspect the accordion seal to make sure there are no areas that are loose-fitting.
Even make sure that your light switches are flush with the wall because this can cut down on air seeping into your home.
It’s also important to make sure that your hot water pipes are insulated. Depending on where your water heater is located you should make sure that the pipes are covered in foam insulation because whether you know it or not, improperly insulated pipes can make your A/C unit work even harder. Just take note, if your water heater is gas run, you will want to talk to a professional before you put any insulation on your pipes or water heater.