How to Reduce AC Repair Costs in Austin

March 27, 2015

Don’t you love that feeling when you have the chance to switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we!  With spring in the air and winter in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Austin home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So how can you get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs?  Strand Brothers Service Experts has a few tips:

  • Turn it up – when you first turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out different temperatures to find where you are most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you could think is a tad too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you reach a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your AC from constantly running, saving you money over the long haul. The longer your air conditioner is operating, the more energy you're eating up—and the more money you're spending. Even one degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to fiddle around with it.
  • Consider the humidity – when you understand how much you can save, it can be tempting to clinch your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be forgotten is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is an annoyance for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
  • Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be harped on enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced makes certain that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it consistently. Preventative maintenance is one of the most critical steps to your system operating efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
  • Double team – using fans along with your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air circulating. Strand Brothers Service Experts recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that decreased usage can create savings. It might also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.

Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Austin isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so costly either. Luckily for you, there are a variety of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lower your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or want to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Austin HVAC experts at Strand Brothers Service Experts to learn more.

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