Just because it’s nice and breezy now doesn’t mean the weather will hold firm a month from now. Is your HVAC system up and ready to go?
If you have any doubts about your air conditioning’s ability to keep you and your family cool during the summer, now’s a good time to reach out to a local HVAC contractor and ask them about their rates. Many American households today have a rather finicky relationship with their utilities, with monthly bills that only seem to get higher and technology that ranges from decent to completely worn out. Take the initiative this year and see if what you need is a brand new AC unit or a quick AC repair service to get your house back up to snuff.
An HVAC contractor will tell you everything you need to know. Let’s see how you can save some money while still enjoying all the benefits of a good air conditioning system.
Did you know over two-thirds of all American homes have air conditioners? That means there are a lot of people today trying to figure out how to get the most bang for their buck. It’s thought heating and cooling costs both account for nearly 50% of energy use in the average home, which can rise or dip depending on your unique system, general maintenance and the changes in the weather. If you have a furnace or a boiler alongside your AC system, you have even more incentive to talk to an HVAC contractor.
There’s nothing quite like a good system during a hot morning or a cold night. This technology, however, can be a notorious drain on your bill unless you take charge and seek out better models to supplement your home with. As a quick example, furnaces with AFUE ratings between 90% and 95% are considered high-efficiency and will do wonders for keeping your utility bill as low as possible. Common signs you should be replacing any system are unusual noises (such as loud cranking or chugging), frequent repairs or a lack of sufficient cooling or heating.
A good way to check if your systems need to be replaced outright is their lifespan. Air conditioning lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years on average, though it’s recommended by most professionals you start seeking out new models once you start reaching that decade. Your home heating system, for future reference, should last around 12 to 15 years, as well, and it’s best you invest in an HVAC company rather than wait for your system to break down. Some HVAC experts have reported up to 75% of no-heat calls in the winter are related to a lack of maintenance on their boilers or furnaces.
Want to save even more? See how an emergency plumber or experienced electrician can buff your home back into shape. A recent study found 10% of homes have leaks that waste over 90 gallons of water per day. A leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste over 3,000 gallons in a year. For a better mode of comparison, that’s the amount of water needed to take 180 regular showers. All you have to do to keep your utility bill low is patch these up as you see them, with additional services (such as replacing pipes or faucets) able to give you even more mileage.
Now for a refresher. Spring and summer can be pretty brutal on your cooling system, tacking on extra money right under your own nose and leaving you frustrated at the end of every month. A broken air conditioner, or old model that isn’t up to task, can be easily replaced or serviced with the aid of an HVAC contractor. They can figure out if the damage is from failing wires, an outdated system or just a few filters that need swapping. Additional services can be requested for your plumbing or heating, as a chunk of money spent now will be much more saved later.
Enjoy each season as it comes. Make sure your AC is ready for whatever the weather brings.
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