A very chilly good afternoon to everyone here in the states, including Chicago, New York, and even Atlanta! We here at Angelic Air are pretty fortunate to be doing business here in sunny, warm Florida during this tough winter season, and many of our service techs have been running into a lot of problems on service calls that can be easily prevented! So although we love the extra business, we really want to provide you some value with our blog, and so here are some really great tips to get your AC unit prepared for winter, and save money on heating during this season.
– First things first, make sure there is no debris covering the side vents! Make sure there isn’t any twigs, leaves, or grass buildup under or around the outside unit
– Protect the piping. If the piping to the unit from the home isn’t insulated properly, call us today to take care of that as a simple blanket could cause more harm than good!
– Most AC Units are built to withstand harsh weather, so theres no need to cover them up.
– Make sure your filters are up-to-date. It makes it easier for air to circulate in the home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Use a draft snake or a large blanket rolled up behind doors that cause drafts into the home.
Turn your ceiling fans on reverse! Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!
Lower your water heater. Most homes have it set to 140 degress, and really doesn’t need to be that high. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees F (or lower) would reduce your water heating costs by 6% to 10%.
Keep an eye on that thermostat! For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you’ll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill
There are also a few other more difficult ways to save money during this season like insulating your pipes, insulating windows and sills, and also sealing your ducts in the attic. Although just as important, they can cost a bit more to do, but in our opinion it’s worth it in the long-term.
Last but not least, wear a sweater and stay bundled up! We here at Angelic Air want you to be happy and healthy here in 2014, so make sure to take good care of yourself as the weather changes so much. We really hope this post helps remind you of some really great ways to save money and winterize your AC unit and home, and if you need to schedule a tune-up or any of the services listed above, feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing service techs!
Have a great day!