Living in Florida means dealing with a unique challenge when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. While many parts of the United States experience four distinct seasons, Florida’s weather can be unpredictable, with the need for air conditioning during the winter months.
At AC Designs, we’re committed to helping you keep your system running efficiently. Although nothing can be done about the weather outside, there are some steps you can take to prevent spikes in your energy bill during times of unpredictability.
Keep Your Heat On
When the temperature dips for just a day or two, it can be tempting to use space heaters or other portable heaters instead of firing up the HVAC. But despite their small size, these heaters can use an incredible amount of electricity—far more than a central HVAC uses.
These space heaters can also pose a fire risk, especially older models or ones that don’t have a functioning shutoff switch. Don’t be afraid to use your central HVAC, even if you’re expecting temperatures to rise soon.
Install a Smart Thermostat
One of the biggest risks to your HVAC system in unpredictable weather is overuse. If your HVAC system runs constantly, it will develop wear-and-tear issues far sooner than if it’s periodically given a rest.
Switching back and forth between your HVAC’s heating and cooling functions can also put it under great strain, so it’s a good idea to turn the entire system off and wait at least five or ten minutes before programming any major swings in temperature.
To alleviate this, consider installing a smart thermostat, which allows you to control your HVAC system remotely. You can program it to higher temperatures in summer and cooler settings in winter while you’re away, reducing energy consumption and the frequency of your system cycling on and off. Many smart thermostats are designed to optimize efficiency, taking the guesswork out of the process.
Check and Change Your Filters
Dirty and clogged filters force your HVAC system to work harder to circulate air. Regularly clean and replace filters that show signs of wear and tear. This simple maintenance task will provide a clean slate for your HVAC unit to operate more efficiently.
Minimize Energy Bill Spikes
While you can’t control the weather, there are measures you can take to prevent energy bill spikes during unpredictable times. Review your insurance and your AC unit’s warranty to ensure you’re covered in case of weather-related damage.
Best Practices for Weather Spikes
Learn how to navigate sudden hot or cold weather spikes to avoid the need for emergency AC repairs. Having contingency plans in place and being prepared can make a significant difference in maintaining your HVAC system’s efficiency during unexpected weather changes.
Storm preparation for your HVAC system involves securing it against power surges and ensuring it can continue to function effectively during adverse weather conditions. Avoid the need for emergency AC service during storms by investing in upgrades like surge protectors for your HVAC unit to safeguard it against unpredictable power fluctuations.
Schedule Annual AC Maintenance
Late winter is an ideal time to schedule an annual maintenance appointment with your HVAC technician. This ensures your air conditioning is in perfect working condition before the summer heat arrives. It also helps reduce the negative effects of spring’s fluctuating temperatures on your unit.
Protect Your Unit With AC Designs
By following these strategies and ensuring regular HVAC maintenance, you can keep your unit prepared to handle inconsistent temperatures year-round. Our technicians can troubleshoot any issues you may be facing and provide reliable after-hours AC service to ensure your comfort and peace of mind around the clock. Call AC Designs to schedule your comprehensive HVAC maintenance today.