Tips

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS TO SAVE YOU MONEY

Check Your Thermostat
Cool your home at 78º or warmer with the fan switch on “auto.” For extra savings, raise the thermostat to 82º when you’re not home.

Utilize Ceiling Fans
Keep your home comfortable and reduce your A/C costs by installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. The average cost to run a fan is only $7 a month!

Maintain Airflow
Keep interior doors and vents open to help circulate the air.

Keep Your Unit Clean & Clear
Be sure to clean or change your air filter at least once a month, and always use the proper size for your unit. It is also important to keep your outside unit clear of debris to avoid blocking the airflow.

Upgrade Your Insulation
If your home was built before 1985, you may need to upgrade your insulation to reduce cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.

Consider Buying a New A/C Unit
If your system is over 10 years old, it may be time to purchase a new unit.

Keep Sunlight Out
Close your blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest time of day.

SHOULD I REPAIR OR REPLACE?

Repair or Replace?
This is always a difficult a decision. On one hand you don’t want to spend money on a new system, but on the other hand, you don’t want to throw away good money. Which way should you go? It really boils down to the condition and age of the air conditioning system.
If you have been keeping your equipment properly maintained by a licensed air conditioning technician, then perhaps the current repair is isolated to a single, simple problem and not indicative of a major or potentially recurring issue. In this case it might make sense to repair and fix the problem. However, with any equipment it is important to consider its efficiency and the impact that wear and tear has on that efficiency and on your monthly electric bill.

Importance of Efficiency
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rates the efficiency of an air conditioning unit. A unit somewhere around 10 years old would probably have been a 10 or 12 SEER unit at time of purchase. Over time this unit will wear down and operate somewhere around the 7-8 SEER level. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the efficiency of the unit. In 2014 the minimum SEER rating for an Air Conditioning unit was raised to 14 SEER. Upgrading to a newer Air Conditioning unit is surprisingly affordable based on the efficiency level of modern equipment. The money saved on your electric bill from upgrading will pay for the unit itself in many cases.

Should I Finance?
What if there was a way to stick with your current budget and have a brand new A/C Unit? Using a higher SEER unit this is a very real possibility. The amount of savings generated from your lower monthly electric bill could very well cover the cost of your monthly payments for a new system. Imagine – a cooler house, with a better unit, at your current budget.

It All Adds Up
When your A/C unit starts giving you trouble, the A/C Technician is usually your first call. But when you begin calling them day after day the bills add up and you are left with the same outdated inefficient unit. A new unit produces cooler air, with less energy. Less energy means a lower utility bill. Which means you could be paying for a new unit, rather than life support for your old one.

Doing Your Part in Going Green
Using a higher SEER unit saves energy. Saving energy saves the environment. Using technologies such as the ecofriendly R410A refrigerant will also minimize the overall environmental impact. Therefore, you can feel good about saving both the planet and money on your energy bill with your new air conditioner.

HEATING AND AC REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES

Did you know that 93% of all air conditioner repairs could have been prevented with routine maintenance?

Like all things in life it is less expensive to prevent a problem from happening than fixing the problem once it occurs. Do you really want to be in the dead of summer and have your air conditioner break down, when the cause could have been prevented with a simple system check?

Did you know that the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) states that your air conditioner can degrade anywhere from 2 to 5% per year. When your air conditioner starts to degrade, your system will work harder to produce the same result. This means that your electric bills will be higher than normal. Maintaining your air conditioner and heater reduces the degradation rate and allows your equipment to run better and closer to its original condition at a lower cost to you – the home owner.

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