Have your energy costs skyrocketed as you attempt to cool your home? Your AC unit is likely to become less efficient over time, especially without regular maintenance. With proper maintenance, AC units can work well for up to 20 years. The size of the unit is also something to consider. If your unit is too large, it may increase energy costs and work for a shorter period than it should.
How to reduce energy costs on your aging air conditioning units:
Is It Time to Replace Your AC Units?
If your AC unit is over 20 years old, it may be time for a replacement. If you’re not due for a replacement, it’s ideal that you’re using a high-efficiency system that has an Energy Star rating. This can reduce your energy costs by up to 20%. And an AC unit that has been maintained throughout the years can continue to work well with preventative maintenance.
Don’t waste energy by blasting your AC. Simply set the thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable.
Reduce Heat Buildup
If you allow too much heat inside your home, it forces your AC to work harder. All that hard work will then drive up your energy costs. You can reduce heat buildup by keeping the curtains closed and avoiding the use of heat-producing appliances when it’s hot outside.
Use a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans don’t make a room cooler, but they do create a breeze that will make a room more comfortable. In fact, ceiling fans can make you feel around three to eight degrees cooler. Ceiling fans are inexpensive and can be paired with air conditioners for more comfort.
Check Your Ducts and Filters
If you have leaks in your ductwork, your energy costs are sure to rise. After all, ductwork is responsible for transporting cold air around your home. Make sure your filters are changed by a professional at least once a year.
Looking for Regular AC Maintenance?
At Sullivan Heating & Cooling, we offer furnace, AC, Ductless, and furnace services in Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor and Kitsap, Pierce, Jefferson and Mason counties. We specialize in design, installation, and quality systems. We offer repair services for all brands at all times. Our consultants are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help. We offer consultation services by appointment. Our home performance consultants and auditors are BPI certified. Contact us today!