When it comes to the Albany weather, it can be hard to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the ordinary homeowner will spend almost half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to potentially decrease that number, it might be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to discuss an upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system.
In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.”
Your savings will be dependent on the age of the air conditioner, but in general, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological innovations made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient.
Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners may help decrease your energy costs, but don’t diminish the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also say that cleaning and changing air filters can greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also noted as critical keys to keeping your home cool without spending a lot:
- Add insulation to your attic
- Make sure your home is well-sealed
- Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going where it’s supposed to
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
- Close vents in rooms that are unused
- Run a ceiling fan in the space you are in
Whether you’re hoping to set up air conditioner service or want to learn more about your replacement air conditioner options, give the team at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 518-417-2938 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.