Texas summers are notorious for being exceptionally hot, and with hotter temperatures comes higher electricity bills. Did you know there are some ways to help make sure that your electric bill is reasonable, no matter how hot it is outside?
Aside from simple tips such as turning off lights you aren’t using, ensuring there are no air leaks near windows and doors, etc., there is an often overlooked step that many people neglect: taking care of your air conditioning unit. If your AC unit is brand new, you’re probably good for a while. But as your unit ages, it starts operating at sub-optimal levels and requires maintenance to ensure that it still runs smoothly. After many years, it may be time to replace your unit altogether. This is no small feat, but by taking advantage of newer technology, the money you invest in having a new unit installed can be recovered over time by reducing the overall cost of your electricity bills–plus, the maintenance is often less-involved and frequent, so you can save money there, too.
Speaking of newer technology, you might be blown away by how much more efficient the new units on the market are, compared to the one you are currently using in your home. They’ve come a long way over the years, there’s no denying it. You’ll want to make sure you get a unit that’s appropriate for the size of your home or office, and you can check out Energy Star (http://www.energystar.gov/) for more information, and for tips on how to determine the right unit size.
If you’re planning on sticking with your current unit, you should be sure to keep it well-maintained to prolong its useful life and to ensure that it is running at optimal levels to avoid any unexpected repair expenses down the road. During the spring, before the heat waves arrive, is the best time to get your air conditioning unit inspected and maintained. For those in the central Texas area, call AirOne Heating & Air Conditioning Repair today at (512) 392-0022 and we will be happy to come out and:
- Check the refrigerant levels and top-off as necessary
- Change filters
- Inspect and clean exposed coils and fins
- Ensure there are no other issues
Do yourself a favor and take action to prevent unexpected malfunctions and repairs!