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Energy Tips to Reduce your Heating and Cooling Bills

Energy Tips to Reduce your Heating and Cooling Bills 

Energy Tips from Gulf Power

We've had some cold weather lately and that means a sharp increase in your gas and/or electricity bill! 

To combat this, make sure you are using proper thermostat settings. Gulf Power warns that turning your heater up and down uses more energy than leaving it at a constant temperature. If anything, increase or decrease the termperature only at night. They also recommend keeping the heat set at 68 degrees or below during winter and set at 78 degrees or above during summer. 

Other items you can do to improve your energy efficiency in the winter months include:

  • Open curtains on sunny days to allow sunlight and close the blinds and curtains once it's dark. 
  • Replace your air filter monthly! This is often overlooked in winter when units are not in use as much but should not be ignored. 
  • Make sure the switches on your ceiling fan are in the up position instead of the up position! 

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01-09-2018
Nicole St. Aubin
Energy Tips
01-26-2018
One Minute Maintenance: A/C Tips from Mathews Heating and Air

Phil Mathews, owner of Mathews Heating and Air in Pensacola, gives us some tips on how to keep your home cool this summer! By changing your a/c filter and understanding how your system works, you can enjoy your air conditioner with maximum efficiency.

Best HVAC routine maintenance and settings straight from the Professionals:

  • You must change your A/C filter once a month.
  • Gulf Power recommends settings thermostat to 78 degrees in summer and and 68 in winter.
  • Don't set your thermostat below 70 degrees in summer.
  • Your A/C will only cool 20-22 degrees below the outside temperature.

Mathews Heating and Air provides HVAC services throughout Northwest Florida. Realty Masters has been using the services of Phil Mathews for 20 years in the Pensacola, Florida area. Call them at (850) 995-8678. 

 

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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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04-27-2017
Carlin Symmes
Maintenance Tips
01-06-2018
One Minute Maintenance: How to prevent AC leaks

Phil Mathews, owner of Mathews Heating and Air, shows us how to complete proper monthly maintenance on your air conditioner by flushing the drain pipe with bleach and warm water and making sure your drain pipe is not buried. This maintenance, along with changing your ac filter monthly, is required for proper HVAC function.

Required HVAC monthly maintenance straight from the Professionals:

  • Find your outside drain pipe and make sure it is not blocked by debris or other obstructions/
  • Find the bleach port in your inside HVAC system.
  • Turn your a/c off using the thermostat before adding bleach or working with your HVAC system.
  • Pour a 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of bleach and follow with 2 cups of warm water into the port.
  • For systems with safety switches, Remove the safety switch, Dry the inside out using a cloth, and then pour bleach and water into port.

Mathews Heating and Air provides HVAC services throughout Northwest Florida. Realty Masters has been using the services of Phil Mathews for 20 years in the Pensacola, Florida area. Call them at (850) 995-8678.

 

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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04-27-2017
Carlin Symmes
HVAC
12-20-2017
Useful A/C Tips for the Hot Weather Season

Here you are staring at the thermostat with the display showing the A/C is set at the lowest setting possible. You expect the house to feel like the inside of your freezer, but the house still feels warm. Some may find this statement all too familiar: "My house won't cool below 68 degrees and I've been running it all day!" In Florida, the days between early May - late August are hot!

The spring and summer seasons provide some of the most enjoyable weather Florida has to offer, but residents would enjoy a reprieve from the heat in their own homes.

The next time you are questioning your A/C - Try out these helpful tips to have a more comfortable, energy efficient Spring and Summer season.

ListItemThe First Step is to know your Climate

The average humidity in most areas of Florida will be above ~70%. All the constant moisture in the air is going to make the outside temperature feel hotter than it would otherwise be. Your A/C may constantly fight the high outside temperatures to keep the inside of your home cool. Gulf Power recommends keeping your thermostat set on 78 in the spring and summer. One of the reasons for this is that most a/c units simply will not cool below 15-20 degrees of the outside temperature.

ListItemLet Gulf Power help with your energy cost 

Gulf Power has established a program called Budget Billing to help out cosumers with their higher bills in the spring and summer. With Budget Billing, you will pay approximately the same amount each month based on an average of your previous 12 months' electrical usage. For more information and see if this would work for you; Click here.

ListItemPut the Personal Touches on your A/C

Do you have a programmable thermostat? There are low-cost thermostats that allow you to control when your A/C will run. If you are away from home for several hours during the day, it is best practice to set your A/C around your schedule. Gulf Power offers a program called Energy Select that will install a free programmable thermostat in your home. For more information and to see if you qualify; Click Here

ListItemPerform Maintenance Regularly

  • Change the A/C filter once a month to allow optimal air flow.  Especially if you have pets, the 3 month filters do not last 3 months. We recommend the 1 month filters only for improved a/c efficiency. 
  • You should plan on flushing the condensation drain line at least once a year. Pour 1 cup of bleach followed by 2 cups of water the next day. There are specific bacterial solutions to clean HVAC condensation lines, but bleach works as well.

ListItemYour A/C needs maintenance when:

  • It is leaking water outside the unit
  • There is frost buidup
  • Unit blowing warm air
  • Unit is not blowing any air at all​

Contact your Property Manager if any of these problems occur and we will gladly send a technician.

If your A/C is set below 72 degrees, your A/C may run all day and not reach the desired temperature due to the heat/humidity of outside; however, that does not mean your unit is not working. Keep in mind, if the technician is sent and no problem is found, you may be billed for a service fee. 

ListItemOther things you can do to make your home feel cooler

  • A good way to beat the heat is to dress for the occasion. Avoid dark color clothes that will absorb heat and try to wear light, natural fabric that will keep you cool.
  • Run any ceiling fans around your home that will make it feel cooler than it is. Make sure your ceiling fans are switched for summer.
  • Check the doors and windows around your home to ensure hot air is not coming in. Notify us if you find any issues that need to be corrected.
  • Make sure all blind/curtains are closed to block sunlight heating up your home. 

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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05-24-2016
Carlin Symmes
Maintenance Tips
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