Top Ways to Save on Cooling Expenses
Investing in regular HVAC maintenance in your Tyrone, Georgia, home is key to saving money on cooling expenses. With regular maintenance, the AC system can work efficiently and consume only a minimal amount of energy to cool your home. The less energy it uses, the lower your cooling expenses will be. Maintenance tips that will help you save on cooling expenses include changing the air filter and having a professional inspect your home’s ductwork. For your safety, however, you should leave almost all maintenance tasks in the hands of a professional. Here are a few ways to save.
Change the Air Filter
The air inside your home is often dirtier than the air outside your home. Especially during times of the year when the AC is working around the clock, the filter can clog very quickly. This is why it’s so important to check it every few weeks to see if it needs changing. If you don’t replace the filter and it becomes clogged, it will restrict airflow to the AC unit and reduce your home’s indoor air quality. Improper airflow to the AC causes the system to work harder than it should to cool your home, which increases energy consumption as well as cooling expenses.
The condition of the ductwork in your home has a major influence on cooling expenses. Even the tiniest of holes in the ductwork can allow conditioned air to escape, making the AC kick on more than normal to maintain your desired temperature. To keep your home’s ductwork in good condition, have it inspected once every two to three years. A technician can make any necessary repairs as well as clean the ductwork. The cleaner your ductwork, the easier it is to maintain good indoor air quality. Plus, clean ductwork increases your AC system’s energy efficiency.
Check Refrigerant Levels
Another way to save on cooling expenses is to have a technician check the refrigerant levels before the beginning of the cooling season. An AC unit with a refrigerant leak can cause the compressor to overheat and fail. Too much refrigerant isn’t good, either. The excess refrigerant can leak back into the compressor and cause the entire AC system to fail.
Upgrade the Thermostat
Upgrading a standard thermostat to a programmable or smart thermostat can help reduce cooling expenses. These thermostats make it simple to create a heating and cooling schedule that complements your lifestyle. You can create a schedule that allows your home to remain at a moderate temperature while you’re away or sleeping. In doing so, the AC unit doesn’t have to work to keep the home at a low temperature unnecessarily.
If you upgrade to a smart thermostat, you can pair it with sensors that detect when you’re away from home. This maximizes energy savings and helps you save even more on cooling expenses. It also keeps AC wear and tear to a minimum, allowing you to save money on repairs and replacements. A smart thermostat will also give you maintenance notifications, alerting you when it’s time to change the air filter or schedule a maintenance session. By pairing a new thermostat with the right AC system, you can take energy savings to the max.
Install a New AC Unit
Sometimes, the best way to save on cooling expenses is to have a new AC system installed. One of our technicians can inspect your home to help you determine which type of AC unit is best. Many homeowners benefit from installing a ductless system. With ductless AC, you remove the possibility of energy loss through ductwork. This in itself can save you money on cooling expenses.
Plus, ductless systems allow you to create different temperature zones throughout your home. You can cool certain areas of your home while keeping unoccupied parts of the house at higher temperatures. As a result, you save energy and reduce cooling expenses.
Contact Trinity Air Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning at (770) 691-5394 to learn ways to save on cooling expenses. You can also speak with one of our technicians about the different thermostats and AC systems we offer.
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