Summer is here and the high temperatures too! Check out the article below for strategies on how to help save energy and keep your air conditioning running efficiently during a Texas summer!
The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, and nearly half of that comes from heating and cooling costs. With the summer heat ready to peak, homeowners across the country are turning their air conditioning up to full blast. But you can save electricity and avoid hefty repair bills by giving your HVAC system an annual check-up.
The best time for HVAC maintenance is right before extreme temperatures hit, so try our energy-saving tune-up tips today.
Call RushCo Energy Specialists
Some parts of a thorough annual check-up require disassembling an AC unit. You can count on RushCo’s service technician for a quick, professional check-up to:
- Clear the drain. A clogged drain can waste nearly as much energy as a dirty filter because your unit has to work harder to send out even less cool air.
- Clean the outdoor and indoor units. The technician will keep the outdoor condenser fan running efficiently by cleaning the fan blades, and will maintain the unit’s ability to cool the air moving through it by removing dust and other buildup from the indoor evaporator coil.
Help Your HVAC Do Its Job
To get the most bang from your HVAC buck, use these general energy-saving tips. They’ll help you support your system and save energy around the house.
- Get a programmable thermostat. It’s easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat than a regular one because you don’t have to think about it each time you want to change the temperature. You pre-program your settings so that the thermostat raises the temperature while you’re at work and asleep, and kicks on the air conditioning when you’re at home and awake. With “smart” programmable thermostats, you can even control the temperature from your smartphone.
- Seal your heating/cooling ducts and any open spaces. Make sure doors, windows, and nooks and crannies are shut and properly sealed. The less cool air that escapes your home, the less energy you’ll waste, and more comfortable you’ll be.
- Set your thermostat to your ideal temperature (not any colder). Setting the air conditioner to a colder-than-desired temperature doesn’t cool down your house any quicker – it just keeps the unit working longer than necessary. So, set it to where you want it. And remember: You save up to 1% on your yearly cooling bill every time you raise the temperature by one degree for a period of eight hours. So, set it to around 78° – after all, it is summer!
Buying a New HVAC system?
If you have an older central air conditioner, you might choose to replace the outdoor compressor with a high-efficiency unit, or replace the entire system. Today’s air conditioners use up to 40% less energy to produce the same amount of cooling as those made just 10 years ago. Look for an ENERGY STAR rating and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or “SEER” that is above 13 (the higher, the better).
If possible, install your new unit in the shade, which can allow it to run 10% more efficiently. Call us today and let RushCo help you save.