With summer in full swing, life in central Florida can either be paradise or unbearable. If you’re looking for some quick tips to get the most from your air conditioning here in the Orlando heat, you’ve come to the right place.
Although a properly working, well maintained A/C is definitely your first means of defense when beating the heat, these 7 timely tips will help you save money and get the most from your system.
Summer Heat and A/C Efficiency
1. Don’t Let it Get Away! – The first thing homeowners and contractors need to be aware of is the fact that air sealing your home should be top priority for energy efficiency. Your air conditioning unit is a big investment, but without proper home sealing, you’re basically letting your money blow away with the summer breeze.
So, what do you need to look for?
- Caulk all cracks between the floor and walls. If you’re replacing flooring be sure to apply a generous amount of bead of caulk or spray foam between the baseboard and the subfloor.
- Fill in leakage gaps in the drywall – around receptacles, pipes, wires, window and especially door trim. So many Orlando homes have gaping cracks where you can actually see light from the outside coming in through the front door crack! There’s more than just light coming in!
- Use foam gaskets behind electrical plates.
- Check your attic insulation by pulling it away from pipes, wires, walls, and any other openings in the ceiling and sealing any holes before replacing the insulation.
- If you have an attic stair or attic door inside your home (many are in the garage) you need a nice foam box to seal it over. This is often the biggest hot air leak in the house.
2. Here Comes the Sun! – In the morning as it begins to warm up, be sure to close the blinds on the south side of your home to keep it from heating up.
3. You’re Going the Wrong Way! – A favorite quote from “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” also may apply to your ceiling fans. For maximum cooling power your ceiling fans should be set at the lowest speed and spinning in the direction that pushes warm air down during the winter months (since hot air rises). The opposite is true in the summer.
4. Here Comes the Sun! – In the morning as it begins to warm up, be sure to close the blinds on the south side of your home to keep it from heating up.
5. When is a Door Not a Door? When It’s a Jar (ajar…get it? The word ajar means ‘partially open.’) – Okay, dumb joke, but it is important to close the doors of rooms that you’re either not using or using very little. Also, be sure to adjust the air conditioning vents to allow for minimal air flow. Of course, we don’t recommend completely shutting vents as this can create an opportunity for mold to grow in your home, but reducing the air flow to rooms not in use will increase the amount of cooled air used where it’s needed the most.
For more information on how to save on your air conditioning and to receive a general maintenance check-up, give us a call today!