Save Money On Cooling Bills
Its summer and it is starting to heat up in Sacramento again. Air Conditioners are going on everywhere. Aside from a/c units not working and needing repairs, is you’re a/c running efficiently? Are you’re air conditioning bills going through the roof? Are you’re allergies flaring up? Does it seem strange waking up congested or even catching colds? What can you do? It is important that you maintain your comfort system properly to ensure higher efficiency, healthier breathing conditions and a longer cooling system life. Here are some simple tips to help you through Sacramento’s hot season.
- Change Air Filters– Changing your air filters once a month will help reduce the indoor airborne particles that cause congestion & colds, allergies and flu viruses. In addition to poor air quality that can be harmful to your health, the life of your cooling system depends on it. A dirty or clogged air filter will result in stale air and allow dirt to collect on internal parts causing overheating and possible break downs. By circulating clean air you will provide enough airflow through the system allowing it not to work harder than it needs, which will use less energy and lower those monthly cooling bills
- Annual Tune Ups– We suggest twice a year to keep you’re a/c system operating at its highest efficiency possible. It is more cost effective to maintain your system than to allow unidentified problems to occur, causing damage that could result in expensive repairs. A simple tune up can extend the life of the unit as well as lower your monthly cooling bills tremendously..
- Programmable Thermostats– Installing programmable thermostats gives you much needed flexibility in your temperature settings. By making simple adjustments to your specific living situations you can save around 10% a year on your cooling and heating bills. Some adjustments might be turning your thermostats back 1°–5°, Setting your night time (sleeping) temp higher or even off, adjust your thermostat for your work hours. Another way to use a programmable thermostat is to install a spit room system allowing you to adjust temps in rooms not being used or shut them off all together.
- Install an Attic Fan– Installing attic fans can really save on your energy bills. Your cooling system has to work twice as hard to cool your house and your attic. With an attic fan you spend less energy removing the hot air from the attic space allowing your cooling system to only work to cooling your living space. Ideally a high quality attic fan will pay for itself in less than 3 years as well as extend the life of your roof and house.
- Inspect your ducts– Every few years it’s a good idea to inspect your ducts. A leaky or poor insulated duct could be costing you your hard earned money. Hire a professional to properly inspect, seal & insulate ducts to ensure the air flow distribution system is allowing your cooling system to work at its highest efficiency.
- Simple Tips– Remember to turn off your cooling system when mowing the grass. Cut grass and airborne particles can blow into to the unit and cause it to work harder. Keep your unit clear from debris and prune back any shrubs or leaves that will again make your unit work harder. Make sure the outdoor unit is free from clutter and has adequate airflow.
Remember todays newer cooling systems use 30-50% less electricity than 10 year-old models. Consider replacing you’re AC unit today and in some cases, get your return on investment in less than 5 years. Decreasing your carbon footprint helps reduce global warming, our environment depends on it.