For most families, the largest part of their utility consumption is the air conditioner, and although this is unavoidable during those hot, humid summers, it can be reduced. An air conditioner that goes year after year without being serviced will perform less efficiently each year – as much as 15% less each year. While this may not seem like a lot of money to save, keep in mind that service will also safeguard the lifetime of the equipment and avoid costly air conditioning repair.
There are some things the homeowner can do to keep the unit operating better. First of all, be sure to change the filter regularly. It is recommended to change the filter at least once a month during operation months. It won’t hurt to do it more often if you have pets or conditions that produce dust and airborne particles. You should also be sure the outdoor equipment does not get clogged with landscaping debris such as fallen leaves and growing ivy.
All air conditioning repair should be done by a professional. An annual or even bi-annual contract is inexpensive in comparison to high utility bills and extra repair costs. A professional will come out and completely check over your system. They will clean the areas such as the evaporator and condenser coils. They will balance the system, oil any parts that need it, and check the filters, which are all things the average homeowner would not have the proper equipment and knowledge to service. They will also let you know when it may be time to give your ductwork some attention. Leaking air ducts can cost you a ton in both cooling and heating costs.
A professional can tell you if your air conditioner is in need of replacement, or give you a timeline as to when it may need to be replaced. Even though the equipment may be working, with the newer systems, you may save so much in utility costs that it makes sense to change it out for a more efficient system. Quite often homes are built by developers looking to put in the least expensive system they can while overlooking energy efficiency. Sometimes the systems they put in are not even the right size for the square footage of the home. In these cases, Acosta can sit down with you and let you know just how much you might save by upgrading your system.
Whether you have your equipment serviced, repaired, or replaced, the bottom line is that you will save money by not neglecting your air conditioning equipment. And you just may feel a whole lot cooler this summer without having to sit right in front of the air duct! To schedule routine maintenance of your system, call Acosta at 704.665.5998 or click here to schedule online: http://www.acostainc.com/services/money-saving-agreement/#msa-form.