The average US household spends more than $2,500 a year for energy bills. 44% of this amount is spent for heating and cooling. For this reason, the well-known air conditioning repair contractor Gauthier's Air Conditioning and Heating, has decided to provide you with some tips for annual AC maintenance which will reduce your costs. But before we do, you need to know what makes your bills go up.
Factors which affect your energy bill fluctuations:
- A programmable thermostat can save you $180 per year.
- A dirty coil can reduce the ability of the HVAC system to cool your home, and causes the system to run longer, increasing your energy costs and shortening the life of your equipment. A dirty coil can raise your bill by 30%.
- A dirty air filter can also increase your monthly bill.
- Regular tune ups – With them, a unit will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repairs.
How can you reduce your bills significantly?
We have already mentioned a few AC repair and upgrade tasks which you can do to reduce your bills. Here are some additional suggestions:
– Clean the filter of your AC – Changing or cleaning the air filter on your air conditioner each month can save up to five percent on your electricity bill (because your air conditioner won’t need to work as hard).
– Get your AC inspected at least twice per year – once before the summer season and once in the end of fall, when you are preparing for temperature drops.
– Replace any small parts which do not allow your HVAC to run as it used to when you purchased it. Consult an air conditioning repair specialist in order to do it right.
Remember that air conditioners can last for 15 years or more with proper maintenance and AC repair. Without proper upkeep, your AC will lose approximately 5% of its efficiency per year, raising your energy bill and shortening the life of your unit. Call our office in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 481-4515, and we give you a guarantee you will not experience any major issues with your HVAC installation this season!