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How Florida Homeowners Can Reduce the Need for A/C and Still Stay Comfy

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If you want to reduce the need for A/C in your Bradenton area home, you can apply several helpful strategies to lighten your electricity load and still feel comfortable during Florida’s summers. Some solutions need a little preparation work but are well worth any investment you might make. Other tips can be implemented now and will provide years of cooling comfort.

Use Nature to Help Reduce the Need for A/C

  • Reflect radiant energy by using triple-pane, well-insulated windows.
  • Install horizontal trellises to block high-angle summer sunlight on the east and west side of your home.
  • Plant shade trees on the south side of your home. This blocks radiant heat and also cools the air through photosynthesis.

DIY Tips to Reduce Air Conditioner Dependence

  • Install ceiling fans, which cool people by pulling air across the skin. Ceiling fans should be turned off when rooms are empty though.
  • When remodeling, use thermally cool roof and siding materials. Products marked with the federal Energy Star label will save energy and lower your home’s heat gain by reflecting sunlight off shingles and siding.
  • Add insulation in the attic to prevent outside heat from warming up the cool air inside.
  • Seal against air leaks in ductwork, around windows and doors, and between attic and living spaces.

Use an HVAC Contractor to Help Reduce the Need for A/C

Your HVAC contractor can help you reduce the need for A/C while also helping improve energy efficiency. A quality contractor is interested in a long-term relationship, not a quick sale. Selling one air conditioner means little compared to having a satisfied customer. Your contractor can:

  • Identify inefficient appliances that pump heat into your Bradenton area home and suggest energy efficient replacements.
  • Recommend and install a whole-house fan, which pulls air throughout the house, creating a strong convection current that pulls cool air in from outside.
  • Reset the thermostat on the water heater to 120 degrees, which will allow the heater to run less often.

For more professional advice on how to reduce the need for A/C in your Bradenton home, or for other home comfort concerns, contact Climatic Conditioning.

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