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How to Efficiently Cool Your Home

Now that June is here, we are entering our hottest season.  AC units will be cranked at full blast, and Destin Beach homeowners will be looking for ways to save money without compromising efficiency.  Here’s a list of things homeowners can do that will make cooling Destin Beach homes a breeze.

Change Your Air Filter Frequently

It’s good practice to check your air filter once a month and change it at least once a quarter.  In the months June – August, when your AC unit is working overtime, you may need to change your filter monthly.  If the filter is dirty, it will slow down air flow and make the unit work harder to keep your home cool.  You also need clean filters to prevent dust from building up in the system, which could lead to costly maintenance repairs down the road.

 Tune Your HVAC Yearly

Speaking of maintenance, don’t neglect your HVAC system.  Just like your car needs regular oil changes, your HVAC needs the occasional tune-up to prevent it from breaking down suddenly – and that’s the last thing you want to happen on a 100 degree scorcher!

Seal Your Ducts

By simply sealing and insulating your cooling ducts, you can improve efficiency by as much as 20 percent!  Focus first on any obvious energy wasters, like your garage.  Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts.  After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap them in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer.  Next, look for ducts you can access from any cooled parts of the home.  Learn more about duct sealing here.

Energy Star

If you’ve had your HVAC for 10 years or more and/or you feel it may be time for a replacement, why not purchase a new Energy Star unit?  An Energy Star unit could potentially shave up to $200 off your annual cooling bill!  However, make sure you’ve completed step 3 before installing a new unit – otherwise, your new and efficient system will be pretty inefficient.

If you are interested in searching for homes in Destin, FL, contact Kerry Veach.  Kerry is an experienced Realtor who can help you buy or sell Destin, FL real estate.  With over 1,000 closings and a full-time real estate team, it’s no wonder that 95% of Kerry’s business comes from referrals.

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