When it comes to the Austin climate, it can be tough to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the ordinary homeowner will spend almost half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to possibly decrease that number, it may be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to talk about upgrading 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.”
Your savings will depend on the age of the air conditioner, but in general, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological advancements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient.
Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners can help reduce your heating and cooling costs, but don’t short sell 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 greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also noted as vital keys to keeping your home cool without breaking the bank:
- Add insulation to your attic
- Make sure your home is well-sealed
- Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going to the correct areas
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
- Close vents in rooms that are unused
- Run a ceiling fan in the space you are in
Whether you’re looking to set up air conditioner service or want to hear more about your replacement air conditioner possibilities, give the team at Strand Brothers Service Experts a call at 512-596-1257 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.