Now that spring is officially here, this is a great time to perform some home maintenance to your home’s heating and cooling system. Having a system that runs efficiently can be a huge money saver on your electric bill. Take advantage of the season’s mild climate to save money.
One of the easiest things to do is to ensure that the air ducts in your house are properly maintained. Ducts that leak cool air into hot attic spaces can cost literally hundreds of dollars. It’s a good idea to check your duct system and make sure that it’s properly insulated. While minor repairs can be accomplished at home, it’s a good idea to leave the major jobs to the professionals. For more tips on maintaining your ductwork, check out this government webpage. http://energy.gov/energysaver/
According to the US Government, air conditioning counts for 5% of all electricity consumed in the country. It’s also a good idea to clean out the filters on your AC units. During the summer season, filters should be cleaned every month, some AC units employ disposable filters and some have reusable. Just the simple act of ensuring that your filter is clean can lower you AC costs by 5 – 11%
Check and make sure that your condenser unit is clean and free of debris. A dirty condenser unit has to work harder, and produce a lot more heat in order to cool your home.
Invest in a “fin comb”- the aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser units are thin, and bend easily, which blocks airflow and causes your unit to operate less efficiently. Available at most hardware stores, a “fin comb” helps restore your fins to their original shape.
Make sure Your Refrigerant Levels are Correct – Although you’ll probably need to hire a professional to do this, the savings will more than compensate for the cost. Units with the correct amount of refrigerant work more efficiently. For more information on what’s involved with a complete service of your AC system, check here. http://energy.gov/energysaver/
With a little bit of maintenance, and a visit from a professional you and your family can enjoy a cooler, and less costly summer!