With the cooler months already upon us, many people have switched off their air conditioner. Regardless of the time of year, though, it’s important to counteract high energy bills as much as possible. By making small adjustments, like replacing the air filter, you can easily reduce your energy bills and improve indoor comfort levels in your Rockledge, Florida home.

Perform Routine Maintenance

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system. This will include changing the air filter once every 30 to 60 days, or as needed. If you have indoor pets, you may need to change the filter more frequently to reduce indoor allergens and enhance the energy efficiency of the HVAC unit.

Routine maintenance also includes dusting the air vents and keeping the area around the outdoor unit clear from debris. You will need a professional HVAC contractor to perform other tasks such as checking the refrigerant levels and electrical components. A contractor can also perform duct cleaning, which further increases energy efficiency.

Seal Air Leaks

One of the simplest ways to counteract high energy bills is to check for air leaks and seal them. Each air leak can increase your energy bills significantly as your HVAC unit will have to work in overtime mode to keep your home at your desired temperature. Make sure to check for leaks around windows and doors.

Adjust the Thermostat

Another easy way to counteract high energy bills is to adjust the thermostat by just a few degrees. For example: Instead of setting it on 74 degrees during the winter, set it on 72 degrees. This can save you anywhere from five to 15 percent on your energy expenses. During the warmer months, increase the thermostat from 68 degrees to 70 to save money.

Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat specializes in quality repair services. To learn more about counteracting high energy bills, visit our website or give us a call at our office in Rockledge at (321) 252-0469.

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