What many people do not know about their air conditioning and heating units is that proper AC repair and maintenance will make their home more energy efficient and also save money over time. Some people put off common repairs because honestly, they can seem expensive. But when you factor in how much you pay in emergency repairs and for electricity to a unit that needs repairs, you will see that it just makes so much more sense to put the money into the repairs right away.
Here are some reasons why AC repair makes your home more energy efficient:
- Your unit will work at peak capacity, how it was built to operate
- You will prevent over-running that eats up electricity just to keep the temperate you seek
- You save wasted energy going out broken ducts or other problems
When you have a professional help you maintain and repair your AC unit, you will save money in the long run. However, sometimes an older unit cannot be repaired and your best option is to buy a new one. This is also something that a professional can help you with. They can help you find the best AC unit for your home so that you save as much energy as possible and they can even help you install it.
Here are some things you can do yourself at home to help make your AC unit more energy efficient:
Make sure your AC unit is the right size: First, make sure your AC unit is the right size for what you will be using it for. Many HVAC contractors reporting going to service calls and finding units that are too small for the space they are heating and cooling. This will make it eat up a lot more energy to try to keep your unit at the temperature that you seek.
Buy a new, high-efficiency unit: If you have an old or out of date AC unit, it is more than worth the expense to buy a new, high-efficiency unit and have a professional install it for you. While you will have to pay some expenses at the beginning, it will pay for itself in the money that you save.
Use a programmable thermostat: If you don’t have one, they are affordable to buy and have installed with your existing unit. This will allow you to program your AC and heating unit to stay at certain temperatures throughout the day, even if you are not at home.
Weather-proof your home: You can add weather stripping to doors and windows, check the insulation in your attic and take other steps to weather-proof your home so that air- warm and cold- stays right where you want it to stay.
When you take the time to be more energy efficient with your HVAC unit and to get the necessary repairs when they become available, your AC and heat will continue to work for a long time for you.
Do you have any questions about AC repairs and energy efficiency?