According to ENERGY STAR, roughly one-half of the energy consumption that your home uses comes from running the furnace or air conditioning unit. In Las Vegas, an air conditioner isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. We’ve assembled our top six suggestions to help maximize the efficiency of your Las Vegas air conditioner this summer. Following these steps will not only help lower your electric bill; it may just prolong the life of your air conditioner.
Follow These Six Tips for Air Conditioning Efficiency.
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Taking steps to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner is a smart and responsible part of home ownership. We all would love to save a little each month on our utility bills — following even just a few of these tips might give you a little more breathing room in your budget each month.
- Change your air filter on a regular basis. You would be surprised to realize how often this simple chore is neglected. Many homeowners call us when their furnace or air conditioner stops working. One of the first things we check is to see if the air filter is a dirty clogged mess. Many times, changing the filter helps the unit function properly again.
- Get a spring tune-up on your air conditioner. This is simply preventative maintenance that will check all system controls, electrical connections, the thermostat, clean the coils and lubricate moving parts – to name just a few of the tasks we complete each year.
- Install a programmable thermostat. These hyper-efficient models can help you save about $180 annually or more. The thermostats can be programmed to increase the home’s temperature in the summer when you are away, or reduce the heat at night when you’re sleeping, warm and covered in blankets in your bed.
- Seal your cooling and heating ducts. Most homes are losing 20% to 30% of their heat or cool air through tiny gaps in ductwork. The bottom line is a much higher electrical bill than you’d ever want to pay. Sealing the ductwork that coils through crawlspaces, attics, garages, and basements, will help the cool air stay where it should and keep the warm air from heating the outside in the cold winter months.
- Replace your old Las Vegas air conditioner with a new ENERGY STAR rated unit. The truth is that these units save so much in electric costs, that they pay for themselves in just a few years. If your air conditioner and furnace are more than 10 years old, it’s past time for a review of the new units that can save you big in energy efficiency.
- Consider new ductwork to go with your new air conditioner. Many times homes are not properly outfitted with the right number of heat or air vents. Making sure your new equipment is properly installed should also include an inspection of your current ductwork and vents.
For more tips on maximizing the efficiency of your HVAC system, check out this Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling.