When it comes to the Houston weather, it can be hard to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the typical homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to potentially reduce that number, it may 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.”
Your 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 energy bill, 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 drastically improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also cited 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 unoccupied
- Turn on 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 options, give the team at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at (713) 352-7887 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.