It’s been a hot summer here in the City Beautiful, and we still have about a month and a half to go with the thermometer hovering over 90 degrees. Despite technically being considered ‘fall’, September is often one of the hottest months of the year in Central Florida, forcing many Floridians to spend hundreds of dollars per month cooling their homes with air conditioning.
Air conditioners are often the most energy-consuming appliance in a home, which also makes them the most expensive to operate. If you’re anything like us, you love saving money. So, here are a few tips for operating and maintaining your air conditioning system to keep cooling costs low in your Florida investment property:
- Keep your AC set to the highest possible temperature at which you are comfortable. Believe it or not, it is estimated that each degree your thermostat is set under 78 degrees increases the electricity used by your AC unit by 7-10%. Think about that the next time you turn the dial down!
- Use the energy saver option on your thermostat rather than turning the unit off when you leave the house. If you don’t have the energy saver feature, turn your unit up to 86 degrees when you leave and then lower it when you return home.