AC service calls climb in brutal summer heat

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 16:57:52-04
A reminder with the Florida heat, the hot temperatures mean your air conditioner unit will be working longer to cool down your home. The extended time it runs means it will cost you more on your next electric bill. 
Florida Power and Light suggests three easy steps to try and keep your costs down with these extended temperatures. 

Here's what their energy experts say:

1.   Optimize your thermostat: When you’re at home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees. Turn it up to 82 degrees when you leave home.
2.   Check your A/C filter: To ensure your air conditioning unit is running efficiently, replace or clean your A/C filter regularly, approximately once a month.
3.   Turn off your ceiling fan: Remember, fans keep people cool – not rooms. If your ceiling fan is running when you’re not home, it’s running for no reason. 

A Tampa company, Air Doctor, said they're experiencing high call volumes for broken A/C units. 

One of the biggest misconceptions: don't turn your air unit off completely when you leave for the day. 

"In between two and four, five o clock is crucial. That's when your A/C is going to work the most," said Justin Deane, service technician with Air Doctor.