Save Money On Your Cooling Bill
After such a long cold winter, and a season’s worth of high heating bills, homeowners are searching for ways to cut their energy costs this spring. It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, but soon that air conditioner will be called into action. Now is the time to make sure that the cooling unit in your home is in top shape for the season. Not only will maintenance reduce the chances of unit failure, it can actually save a little money on that cooling bill also.
According to the government’s Energy Star program, homeowners might be spending as much as half of their energy budget just on heating and cooling their home. But there are steps homeowners can take to put a dent in those energy costs. Air conditioners, just like any other mechanical device, need regular tune ups and maintenance to remain in good and efficient operating condition.
Clean Air Filters
The easiest maintenance to perform on an air conditioning unit is to change the air filter. This should be done at least twice a year, if not more. When the air filter is dirty or clogged, the air conditioner must work harder to pass air through the dirty filter, reducing both effectiveness and energy efficiency.
Clean and Lubricate Mechanical Parts
Just as a car needs a regular lube and oil change, an air conditioner must also be properly maintained. Without sufficient lubrication of its mechanical parts, a unit is more likely to breakdown.
Seal and Insulate Ducts
The ducts that carry the cool air from the unit to the home can be a big source of lost energy. According to the Energy Star program, homeowners can save as much as 20 percent on their energy costs just by sealing and insulating these ducts properly.
Other Maintenance Items
There are other issues that can make an air conditioning unit work harder. A professional maintenance appointment should include checks for these items:
* Sufficient coolant level
* Blocked lines
* Dirt and debris lodged in the condenser and evaporator coils
The answer to the question is, yes. Performing regular maintenance is essential for ensuring a long life for your air conditioning unit, and a professional tune up of the system, before the heavy usage begins, will help the unit to work most efficiently. A tune up is an easy way to help you save money on your energy bill this summer.