How to Promote Energy Efficiency in Your AC and Save Money this Summer

Many Florida families are facing financial hardship this summer. Yet, the Florida heat still requires the use of the AC to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Now is the perfect time to focus on ways to increase energy efficiency in your AC unit and save money on energy costs.

At J&W Heating and Air, we serve clients in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding communities with top-quality HVAC service. We care about our clients and want to help you keep your AC unit working its best throughout the year.


Financial Savings Through AC Energy Efficiency


According to the EPA, around half of total household energy usage comes from heating and cooling. Over time that adds up to a lot of money. Thankfully, a focus on energy efficiency helps reduce energy costs.


HVAC Energy Efficiency Savings:


  • Regularly replace the air filter to save up to 15% on energy usage
  • Switch to a programmable thermostat is save $180 per year in energy costs
  • Seal ducts for a 20% improvement in energy efficiency
  • Install a new ENERGY STAR HVAC unit to save $115 per year on your energy bill


Overall, investing in energy efficient AC strategies saves money by reducing energy costs and extending the life of your unit.


Ways to Improve AC Energy Efficiency


Change Air Filters


Routinely changing the air filter is one of the easiest ways to maintain your AC unit and improve energy efficiency. For best results, change the air filter every one to three months. If you have pets, smoke inside the home or have asthma or allergies, consider changing the air filter monthly.

The job of the air filter is to clean dirt, dust, debris and other unwanted particles from the air before it passes into your home. A dirty air filter makes it harder for the air conditioning unit to move the air. Your unit uses more energy with clogged air filters.


Install a Programmable Thermostat


Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to adjust the temperature in the home to create better energy management. For example, with a programmable thermostat, the temperature automatically adjusts based on the preprogrammed settings.

Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature during hours you are not in your home or during the night while you sleep. These subtle adjustments add up to big savings over the course of a year.


Seal and Clean Ducts


The air ducts in your HVAC unit transfer the cooled air into your home through the vents. However, air loss through the air ducts accounts for around 30% of wasted energy. Seal air ducts to stop the waste and save money. More air enters your home to maintain the desired temperature without the waste.

In addition, dirty air ducts lead to poorer air quality and energy inefficiency. Dirt and debris build up in the duct system. As the air pushes through your ventilation system, so does the unwanted particles, like mold, bacteria, dust and more. Like with clogged air filters, the HVAC unit must work harder to move the air. Schedule air duct cleaning to improve energy efficiency and air quality.


Invest in a New AC Unit


If your current AC unit is older than 10 years, consider upgrading to a new ENERGY STAR model. New units have energy saving technology that reduces utility costs. Plus, newer units don’t use Freon, which is better for the environment.

At J&W Heating and Air, our team of highly-trained technicians help homeowners select the right unit for you based on the size of your home and your budget. We carry a variety of brands and models and offer excellent installation service.


Schedule Repairs


When budgets are tight, it’s easy to delay AC repairs if your unit is still working. However, we’ve seen simple repairs, like a worn belt, lead to major damage. If a worn belt snaps and crashes into other delicate equipment, you then must address the new damage. Instead, take care of simple repairs to avoid unnecessary damage.

Even with bigger repairs, it’s best to resolve the issue. For example, if your unit has to run longer or more frequently to maintain the temperature, you are wasting energy. Instead of paying for higher energy bills, invest in repairs to fix the core problem.


Importance of Preventative Maintenance


Preventative maintenance offers the best way to identify issues with your AC unit and improve energy efficiency. On the most basic level, preventive maintenance saves money by maintaining your manufacturer’s warranty. Most manufacturer’s warranties become void if you can’t show proof of annual maintenance.

Also, after your maintenance the technician reviews any issues, including worn parts and recommendations for repairs. This insight allows you to address repair issues before major damage or the inconvenience of a broken AC during the hottest months.

Overall, preventative maintenance provides a regularly scheduled cleaning and assessment of the AC unit to improve air quality, extend the life of your unit and produce increased energy efficiency.


Improve Your Home’s Energy Usage with AC Care


At J&W Heating and Air, we offer all the services you need to keep your AC in great shape. We provide installation, repair, duct cleaning and preventative maintenance. Contact us today for a free estimate.


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Stacy Russell
Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company more
Louis Kincheloe
Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two more
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
Very pleased with installation of York A/C Heating unit. Jason Bottoms and Jason Flatearth were professional, ... arrived on time and completed the job in a timely manner. The unit looks great. They upgraded and repaired everything that needed it. Great more
James Ponciano
James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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