Temperatures are rising and that can mean only one thing: energy costs are staring to soar as homeowners turn to their air conditioners more and more. For many homeowners, this is a time of dread as they know their electric bill is likely about to skyrocket with the added energy costs of keeping their home comfortable. However, many of these homeowners aren’t doing everything they could to maximize the energy-efficiency of their air conditioners, and that could be a pretty costly mistake.
With temperatures rising and energy costs soaring, it’s important to take some important steps to cut the expenses of cooling your home. And the best part: most of these steps give you much better control over your energy consumption, but aren’t even that difficult. Plus, when you consider that heating and cooling use more energy than any other application in the average American household, it’s easy to see how this could help you save a pretty substantial amount of money.
Arguably the most important step to keeping your cooling equipment running smoothly and in good condition is to have it periodically maintained by a licensed and trained Palm Springs HVAC professional. Most cooling systems require very little maintenance, but they do get dirty, and it’s this dirt which can come back to bite you later. Dirty systems not only run less efficiently, which costs you more out of your pocket, but they’re also far more prone to breaking down, requiring an expensive repair.
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, consider purchasing a high-efficiency model. High-efficiency units require less energy in order to keep your home cool, and make a great investment in your future. When selecting an air conditioner or heat pump, pay close attention to the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which is a measurement for the energy efficiency of air conditioners. The higher the SEER, the better the energy efficiency. In California, the minimum SEER rating you can purchase is 14, but even these systems will be a substantial savings if you’re upgrading from an old 8 SEER or 10 SEER system.
Zoning is when you set up your air conditioning system to control different areas of your home independently, such as separating your downstairs and upstairs areas so they can utilize different thermostats. Zoning can drastically lower your cooling costs by not forcing you to pay to heat or cool areas of your home that aren’t being used. With a single-zone system, your air conditioner needs to cool your entire home, including rooms that aren’t in use. However, zoning divides your home into separate comfort areas, which are heated or cooled based on your needs, thus giving you the ability to only use energy to cool areas where you need it.
Programmable thermostats could save you a bundle on your energy costs and require only a minimal investment on your part. A programmable thermostat is a special thermostat which you can program to turn to a certain temperature based on the time of day and day of the week. For example, you can program the thermostat to turn itself up while everyone is away from your home during normal days of the week, and then turn itself on roughly an hour or so before everyone usually arrives home. That keeps your system off during the majority of the day, but ensures you don’t have to arrive home to a sweltering house which you then have to wait to cool down.To find out more about reducing your cooling costs, call Blair Heating & Air today at (760) 853-5027 to request a service appointment from one of our skilled team members!
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