Air Conditioning Maintenance Do’s and Don’ts

When you look at your Total Energy expenses for the year and add it all up, your total can be upwards of $2500 and an average of 44% of the total is spent on your Air Conditioning Bill! That’s just over $200 a month on on energy and almost 50% of that on just the air condition in your house. These numbers do not included any Monthly Maintenance and AC Service or Repairs.

Luckily, an informed person can maintain their HVAC System and reduce their overall expenditures through different means. Here’s how:

    1. Install Programmable Thermostats – this one piece of equipment can save you over $180 a year through maintaining a constant temperature throughout your home or business. Having a thermostat programmed for time shut offs and zone specific temperatures also allows for further savings long term
    2. Get the Coils Cleaned on your AC Unit – a dirty coil can raise your ac bill by upwards of 30% by degrading the effect your system has its ability to cool the air causing the unit to run longer, consume more power and raise your bill. The dirty coil on your air conditioning unit can also shorten the life of the unit on a whole by a year or more
    3. Change the Air Filters of your Air Conditioning System – having a clean filter reduces the work that your ac unit must do in order to condition the air in your home or business. Replacing or Cleaning the filter saves up to 5% per month. (every little bit helps, right)
    4. Annual Tune-Ups and Regular HVAC Maintenance – Studies have shown that regular ac service and repair and maintenance to your HVAC system can keep it at 95% of its original efficiency for up to 15 years. By maintaining the efficiency of the unit over time the cost of a tune-up is quickly recovered through increased cooling and heating capabilities as well as lowered energy bills. The average unit loses 5% efficiency each year without regular upkeep and maintenance, and this has a huge impact over time with 25% efficiency lost after the first 5 years of ownership
MYTH: Routine maintenance┬áis not necessary. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
FACT: Unrepaired small problems can lead to very expensive repairs. Up to 80% of all air conditioning and heat pump compressor failures could be eliminated if the problems that lead to the failure are diagnosed in the early stages.

Air conditioning maintenance is not for the average person to undertake. Only a professional HVAC technician should do work to your ac system for service and repair needs.




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