When it comes to the Albany climate, it can be difficult 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 talk about upgrading 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.”
Some of the 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 can 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 note that cleaning and changing air filters can greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also cited as critical keys to keeping your home cool without breaking the bank:
- Add insulation to your attic
- Make sure your home is well-sealed
- Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going to the right places
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
- Close vents in rooms that are unused
- Turn on 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 a call at 518-417-2938 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.