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 potentially 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.”
Some of the savings will depend on the age of the air conditioner, but usually, 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 may help take a chunk out of 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 say that cleaning and changing air filters can greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also noted as important 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 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 wanting 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 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.