When it comes to the Hillsborough weather, it can be difficult to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the ordinary homeowner will spend nearly half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to potentially lower that number, it might be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to discuss an upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system.
In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.”
Any savings will depend on the age of the air conditioner, but typically, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological improvements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient.
Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners could help take a chunk out of your heating and cooling costs, but don’t lessen the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also note that cleaning and changing air filters can drastically improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also noted as vital keys to keeping your home cool without spending a lot:
- Add insulation to your attic
- Make sure your home is well-sealed
- Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going where it’s supposed to
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
- Close vents in rooms that are unused
- Run a ceiling fan in the area you are in
Whether you’re looking to set up air conditioner service or want to learn more about your replacement air conditioner options, give the experts at Fras-Air/General Service Experts a call at 908-448-2154 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.