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Five Tips to Reduce Energy Costs

Nazeli Pogosyan - Tuesday, September 19, 2017


High energy bills are a widespread concern that can dampen moods and cause friction in the home. Here are some ways to keep money in your wallet and preserve the peace as well:

 

Tip # 1: Resist The Urge

It is tempting to lower the thermostat temperature to quickly cool your home. But, heating and air conditioning units work at the same pace, regardless of the setting, until reaching the desired temperature. It not only doesn’t cool your home more swiftly, it will cause a spike in your energy bills. Adjusting the thermostat repeatedly could also potentially incur an air conditioner repair as well.

 

If you find your home is not getting cool as quickly as you would like, it may be time for a home ac repair or a new air conditioner installation. It may be that your heating and air conditioning unit is simply not large enough to do the job. If your heater and air conditioner is the wrong size, it could cause you to waste, rather than conserve energy, as well as cause unnecessary energy costs.

 

Tip # 2: Turn It Off

To conserve energy and save your bank account, turn off or unplug electronics and appliances not in use and remember to turn lights off and raise the temp on your thermostat when leaving the house. Also, skip turning on the fan, as while fans circulate air, they do not truly cool your home and will just increase energy costs. Also, next time you need to replace a lightbulb, go with energy efficient or LED bulbs to further boost savings.

 

Tip # 3 Schedule a Tune Up

Air conditioning maintenance is a vital part in ensuring your heating and air conditioning unit is working efficiently. While it may seem like an added cost, HVAC maintenance today can prevent costly repairs down the road and extend the life of your home AC. A call to a HVAC company to schedule a HVAC service is a fundamental tool to protect your investment and keep money in your bank account.

 

Tip # 4 Seal It Up

Take a look at the insulation of your hot water heater, walls and ceilings. Inadequate insulation could be part of your inflated energy costs. This, plus weather stripping or new caulking can help prevent cold air from leaking out and hot air from getting in. Dual pane windows are another way to insulate your home and boost energy efficiency.

 

Tip # 5 Clean It Up

Change your air filter frequently to ensure your AC and heating equipment is working optimally and to further reduce utility bills.

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

Nazeli Pogosyan - Wednesday, August 09, 2017



It is a simple fact that heating and cooling units need service to perform optimally and extend their lifespan. Like the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, similarly, air conditioner maintenance today keeps replacement at bay.

HVAC Maintenance Frequency

Many people ask “how often should I get an air conditioner and heater "tune-up"?” When done annually, heating and air conditioning maintenance can ward off unnecessary heater and air conditioning repair costs, conserve energy and reduce utility bills. With accumulated dust and dirt hindering the efficiency of heating and cooling units 5 to 10 percent, experts suggest an air conditioner service before summer temperatures climb and a central heater service before winter chill sets in.

Change Your Filter

Dirty air filters are the main cause of heating and air conditioning breakdowns. Replacing air filters every three months will help prolong the life of your heater and air conditioner while those with allergies or respiratory issues may benefit from changing filters every other month.


With air filter costs ranging from $4 - $25, depending on the size and quality, this is a minimal investment to prevent a potential home ac repair and improve
the quality of the air you breathe. Not handy? Schedule a HVAC company to come out quarterly to save a bundle down the road, while maintaining your health.

 

Check It Out

Air conditioning contractors advise homeowners to turn a home AC on in the spring to see how it performs before temps heat up. If some rooms get cooler than others or your home doesn’t cool down as quickly as you like, air conditioning service or home ac repair is in order.

Factors that reduce cool air output include coils freezing up, compressor failure, refrigerant leaks, or dust and dirt on home ac return vents, condensing air coils or outdoor fans. A professional air conditioning troubleshooting can determine what is to blame.

 

An air conditioning service should include cleaning and removing dust, dirt, and debris from the home ac return, condensing air coils and outdoor fan unit to improve cool air output. Think of it as a “deep cleaning” for your teeth or “detail” for your car.

 

Plan Ahead

Once summer is in full swing, air conditioning contractors are at their busiest and in high demand.  This is why a reputable HVAC contractor will suggest scheduling air conditioning services early. Even if your home ac seems to function satisfactorily, planning ahead ensures your family’s comfort and avoids the inconvenience of having no AC. At that time, a HVAC company can perform any needed air conditioning repair service.

Caution: The elderly and those with medical conditions cannot tolerate extremes of heat and cold. Make sure their home ac units are serviced as well – their life may depend on it!


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