Archive for March, 2012

How to Keep More Cool Cash (in a HOT Summer)

Before your cooling system kicks into high gear, take a look at how to save money this summer and keep your cool. You’ll like these energy-saving tips…

  • Set your thermostat at 79° or higher. Each degree setting below 78° will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%.
  • Use bath and kitchen fans sparingly when the air conditioner is operating. They can pull out an entire home’s cooling in one hour.
  • Inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor coils. The indoor coil is like a magnet because it is constantly wetted during the cooling season. Dirt build on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked for dirt build and cleaned when necessary.
  • Check the refrigerant level. The fuild circulating in your air conditioner is what keeps your home cool. But like most things under pressure, it tried to escape! If there’s too little or too much refrigerant, your system will not work properly. Call us to check it out for you.
  • Reduce the cooling load. For example, effectively shade south and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dishwashing, until later in the evening on hot days.
  • Keep the house closed tight during the day. If practical, ventilate at night natural or with fans.

Out with the old, in with the cool

If you have an older central air conditioner (12 years or older), it may cost more in energy and repairs than replacing it with a completely new system.  We have always recommended and installed higher SEER equipment and often, with proper maintenance, our systems can (and do) last 20+ years.

When buying new, choose a model with a high-efficiency rating, such as  system that has an Energy Star® label with SEER ratings of 15 or greater. Other features to look for include:

  • Quiet operation. New ones are much quieter.
  • fan Only” switch, so you can use the unit for nighttime ventilation to substantially reduce air conditioning costs.
  • Filter “check light” to remind you to check filter. Great feature!
  • Automatic-delay fan switch to turn off the fan a few minutes after the compressor turns off.

If you’ll follow a few of these tips or have us evaluate your system, we can show you how to keep even more dollars from going into thin air. This is our job… keep you comfortable and save some money! Give us call at 770-943-1613 if we can help you or your friends. Schedule your appointment here


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