Your filter cleans the air entering into your air conditioning system and can get clogged and cause the air conditioner to expend more energy as it tries to bring in enough air. Keeping the filters clear of debris allows the air to flow freely without straining your system. How often you need to change your filters depends on how many people are in your home, whether or not you have pets, and how often you clean. The more people and animals, the more you’ll need to change or clean your filters. A good rule of thumb is about every other month, give or take, depending on your situation.
Keep Your Home Well Insulated
If you’re in the planning stages, it’s important to choose materials that will keep your home well insulated from the outdoor air. When you have poor insulation, the cold air your HVAC unit produces will seep out, and the hot outdoor air will seep in. This creates a constant battle for your HVAC unit as it tries to keep your home cool. When your home is built using quality materials and craftsmanship, you’ll feel a notable difference in the indoor air temperature. You’ll also notice that your HVAC unit doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.
Set Your Thermostat Higher
Regardless of how well insulated your home is, there is a limit to how cool your air conditioner can keep the interior of the home. In general, you can expect your unit to keep the indoor air temperature about ten degrees lower than the outdoor temperature without putting too much strain on your unit. By setting your thermostat at a higher temperature, you delay the onset of the air conditioner and the cost of the electricity used to run it. When the outdoor temperatures start to soar it can be almost impossible for your thermostat to reach an unreasonably low temperature without running constantly. You might think that you need the temperature to be 72 in order to be comfortable, but most people find 78 degrees to be perfectly reasonable.
Empire Custom Builders installs the newest and best quality HVAC systems in our custom homes. If you are considering building a custom home, give us a call and see why our family owned business has been the choice of many in the Central Florida area.