Running an energy-efficient home is crucial in Jacksonville, Florida, where average highs rest in the 90s all summer. Are you wondering how to boost your home’s energy efficiency, reduce utility bills and maintain an ideal level of indoor comfort? Here are some energy-efficient tips that every HVAC professional recommends:

Seal Any Leaks

Leaky windows, doors and attics are the biggest culprits contributing to poor energy efficiency. Older homes often don’t have adequate insulation to prevent leaks because it deteriorates over time. Fortunately, you can easily address leaks by adding more insulation, installing weather-stripping and replacing outdated windows with energy-efficient ones.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

It may seem counterintuitive to turn on your ceiling fan when the AC system is running. But fans are beneficial in more ways than one.

For starters, a ceiling fan helps a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler. As a result, it allows you to set the thermostat higher than you normally would. Ceiling fans also require less energy to operate than a central air conditioner. When running your ceiling fan, make sure it’s set to spin in a counterclockwise direction. Also, only keep it running when you’re in the room to enjoy the breeze.

Draw the Curtains

Keeping your blinds and curtains closed during the day reduces the amount of natural light in your home. It also keeps the room cooler during the hottest parts of the day, especially if you have older windows. Try closing the curtains every morning through the late afternoon.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are designed to make automatic temperature adjustments, even when you’re away from home. If you have a regular schedule, you can set the thermostat to keep your home warmer while you’re at work and have it cool down just before you get home.

Implementing simple routines and updates can go a long way toward saving you money on your utility bills. But make sure a professional services your AC system, too. Call Ed’s Comfort Solutions at 904-201-4779 to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

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