Scorching hot summers in Jacksonville can make homeownership a stressful burden. Whether you’ve owned the property for decades or you just invested in your first house, finding ways to save money is always top-of-mind. There are a few tried-and-true ways to reduce your energy bills. Take a look at the Big D team’s top advice for cutting costs this season.
Replace Your HVAC Air Filters
Simply put, a clean AC unit is more efficient than one with dirt and dust build-up. When your air filter is coated in filth, it has to work harder to circulate air through your home. Excess energy usage and high utility bills are common side effects of an overused air filter.
This is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your utility bills low. Another approachable DIY task to improve airflow is cleaning your air vents and registers. Use a vacuum to remove dirt, dust and debris. Better air quality and a more efficient home are great perks of simple maintenance.
Examine Your Window Panes and Frames
Years of strong sunlight, harsh weather and average wear and tear can take a serious toll on your windows. If you’ve noticed excessively high energy bills or uncomfortable drafts, cracks and gaps in the windows are likely to blame. The good news is, simple caulking and minor repairs may get the job done. On the other hand, you may be in the market for new windows.
It’s no secret that new windows are an investment. While this may be the most expensive recommendation on our list, it’s also the most effective. It’s important to partner with a professional to examine your current windows and identify solutions to improve efficiency.
Install Ceiling Fans
It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Every Floridian is familiar with the 24-hour hum of the HVAC unit during hot, humid summers. Ceiling fans installed in the correct spots, with the blades spinning the right direction, immediately promotes better airflow.
Give your air conditioner a break during those cool summer nights this season. When you have a properly sized fan installed in the ideal location, you’ll reap the benefits of low-cost cool air.
Reap the Benefits of an Efficient Household When You Work with Big D Building Supply
Our professional home specialists have worked with Jacksonville property owners since 1921. If you’re in the market for crucial upgrades like windows, doors and siding, Big D is ready to help. We provide affordable, top-quality services and products you can trust.
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