Taking energy saving measures

In St.

Petersburg, Florida, UV light, heat and humidity create significant challenges for the majority of the year.

We run the air conditioner just about non stop, and the electric bill is a big part of the household budget. I am always searching for new opportunities to elevate indoor comfort and air quality while reducing energy consumption. Energy Star rated windows was a big investment but helped to tighten up the thermal envelope. I make sure to close curtains and blinds to prevent sunlight from not only warming up the living space but also cause fading to furnishings. The back of my property overlooks the waterfront. For those windows, I installed window tints that block UV light without obstructing my view. I’ve installed insulation in the attic and weatherstripping on exterior doors. The addition of ceiling fans works to create a cooling effect and reduce strain on the air conditioner. I also hired a local St. Petersburg HVAC professional to install a whole-home dehumidifier. The dehumidifier pulls moisture out of the air, making it feel cooler and allows for higher thermostat settings. My smart thermostat also contributes to cost-savings. The device features geofencing, which tracks the locations of family members’ smartphones and makes adjustments accordingly. It conserves energy when the house is empty and makes sure we arrive home to perfect comfort. Another energy saving measure is regular air conditioner maintenance. By having the cooling system inspected, cleaned and tuned-up every spring, I can be sure it’s operating at peak capacity, reliability and efficiency. I avoid the expense of needless repairs, pay lower monthly bills and enjoy superior comfort and air quality.

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