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Spring marks the start of cooling season in Orlando, Florida, and your household energy consumption will typically rise as the weather continues to warm up. That doesn’t mean you have to let your energy-saving goals slip, though. From HVAC maintenance to thermostat adjustments to fresh landscaping, check out three ways your HVAC system can save energy this spring.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

One of the most effective steps you can take to save energy this spring is scheduling a professional HVAC tune-up. At E.C. Waters, our team recommends planning your annual cooling system maintenance as early in the spring as possible. When you give us a chance to inspect and tune up your air conditioner or heat pump at the start of the season, we can calibrate your cooling system and ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible. We’ll also recommend any repairs or upgrades that could improve efficiency and help you save energy.

Adjust the Thermostat

When you switch your HVAC system to cooling mode, adjust the temperature settings, too. We recommend setting your thermostat to 76 or 78 degrees during the times your family is typically home. When you’re normally asleep or out for the day, program your thermostat to dial back the temperature up to 10 degrees. This simple step can improve efficiency significantly and can even contribute to saving 10 percent on your HVAC costs over the course of the year.

Rethink Your Landscaping

You might not think that what you plant in your yard affects your HVAC costs, but your landscaping plan can certainly have an impact. If your home doesn’t get much shade, your cooling system may have to work much harder to keep you comfortable. To save energy, try planting trees that shade your home and investing in shrubs that can cool the outdoor air that enters your air conditioner.

Whether you need to schedule HVAC maintenance or talk with our team about an air conditioner upgrade, we’re here to help with all your cooling needs. Call E.C. Waters Air Conditioning & Heat today at 407-603-9144.