With summer ending, you may be looking at your cooling costs for the season wondering how you managed to afford to cool your home & feed the family. While customarily less expensive than usage costs for heating, your air conditioning system requires energy usage. Even bigger costs can surface when repairs or other maintenance become necessary – especially during the busy season for HVAC contractors.
How to Save on 2017 Cooling Costs
Summer Sixteen might be fading away, but there are things you can do RIGHT NOW to make sure next spring and summer are less costly.
Replace the Air Filter.
Your air filter can affect the cost of operation for your AC in two ways. First, failing to frequently replace your filter can cause system performance issues that will require repair. That costs money! Also, if you opt for a HEPA filter, you may notice your energy bill goes up because your system has to work harder to push through such high filtration.
Clean your Outdoor HVAC Unit.
Debris and growth can cause your AC system extra labor, resulting in excess energy costs as well as fatigue to your system. Avoid this by clearing a 2 foot radius around your outdoor unit and monitoring it to make sure pests aren’t infiltrating. Catching this before big problems happen can save money, too!
Monitor Refrigerant Lines.
Letting your refrigerant go can cause major problems in the performance of your air conditioner. Monitor your refrigerant levels, and have your HVAC contractor visit annually to make sure your refrigerant is at a proper level. If you think that your refrigerant may be too low, it is important to call an HVAC specialist to remedy the problem.
Use a Cool Mist Humidifier in Fall & Winter.
Another way to make sure that your HVAC unit works well year-round is by using devices like a cool mist humidifier to help control indoor air quality. By keeping your home misted and your rH levels optimal, you can ensure that your air conditioner starts up next spring in the best conditions possible.
Have Your Cooling System Serviced.
The shoulder seasons – Autumn and Spring – are the best time to get your HVAC system serviced. Call us and we can come out and do a once-over of your entire system, prepping your heating system before winter hits and checking up on issues and efficiencies for your cooling system.
Routine maintenance is an important part of keeping your HVAC unit running efficiently and effectively year-round. Contact the HVAC experts at Cal Air Cooling and Heating today for a tune-up or service visit.