When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Energy bills in the summer are enough to bring anyone to tears. While air conditioning is technically a modern luxury, it is difficult to imagine life without it, and for many, trying to survive without air conditioning is actually unsafe. Rather than just eating those high summer cooling bills, upgrade your system to get your budget back into line.
Put In A Zone Based System
Zone based systems offer several advantages over traditional systems.
Make Use of Solar Power
Solar power is becoming increasingly efficient and affordable for homeowners. While adding a system to your home's main power involves a lot of additional electrical work (in the form of a large inverter and cutoff system), you can avoid some of that overhead by purchasing a simpler product that is integrated with your HVAC system.
These systems are extremely useful when they are attached to an air conditioner. One of the big challenges of solar power is that the power is not always available when you need it. However, when the sun is shining brightly is exactly when you need your air conditioner the most. You might loose some energy in the winter when the air is not in use, but this often less than the cost the battery systems you would otherwise need to store that extra energy.
Sometimes All It Takes Is A New Unit
Technology has come leaps and bounds in the past few decades, and HVAC tech has not been excluded from this revolution. While air conditioners, when properly maintained, can last 20 years or more, it isn't always the best decision to try and keep an old unit alive.
Upgrading to a new unit, even without doing anything else, can put a big dent in your monthly bill. Talk to your HVAC professional next time they come out to do your regular maintenance. While you can get a general idea of how much energy your old unit uses according to the manual, air conditioners loose their efficiency over time. Your tech will be able to advise you on how well your old unit is running, so you can get a better idea of how much you would save by replacing your air conditioner now instead of waiting until the old one dies.
The day you get your energy bill does not have to be the worst day of the month. By making a smart investment into your HVAC system, you can create a home that is both comfortable and inexpensive to live in. If you aren't ready to upgrade today, you should at least consider putting money away, so, when the time comes, you will be able to invest in a more efficient unit. For more information, contact a local air conditioning repair company.