According to the US Department of Energy, Americans spend $22 billion per year just to cool their homes. The cost is especially high in warm places like Texas where air conditioning can account for upwards of 70% of electricity bills. Most Texans understandably won’t give up the comfort of AC just to lower their utility costs though. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between lower bills and comfort. There are numerous ways you can save money on home air conditioning costs.
Dallas AC Repair and Installation Pros specialize in money-saving solutions for home and business cooling systems. Our licensed technicians can help you save money by offering a range of solutions from simple upgrades to system overhauls.
Air Conditioner Upgrades
One of the easiest ways to save money on your air conditioner costs is to upgrade to a new air conditioner. It might not seem wise to upgrade your AC unit if the old unit is still working, but the investment can quickly pay off. Older AC units, even from just 5 or 10 years ago, are not very efficient. They can use 40% more energy than a modern unit. The older your AC unit is, the less efficient it probably is. AC systems from the 1970s can use more than twice the energy of a modern system.
The efficiency of AC units are listed as a SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The highest the SEER rating, the more efficient the model is. Older models from 10+ years ago typically have SEER ratings of about 6. Today, as of 2006, all AC units are required to have a SEER rating of at least 13. It is becoming increasingly more common to find AC units with SEER ratings of 23 or higher.
To give you an idea of how much money you can save by upgrading your AC unit, consider these stats:
• The lifetime cost of operating a SEER 8 AC unit is approximately $14,800
• The lifetime cost of operating a SEER 13 AC unit is approximately $8,000
• The lifetime cost of operating a SEER 23 AC unit is approximately $4,200
(*Assuming 2,985 cooling hours and an operating life of 12 years)
Choosing the Right Air Conditioning System
Many homeowners are intimidated by the cost of installing a HVAC system for cooling their homes. However, if you have more than two rooms to cool in your home, a HVAC system is the more efficient choice over a window AC unit. A well-designed HVAC system can also improve the quality of your indoor air by filtering out allergens and pathogens.
If you only need to cool one or two rooms in your home, then it might be wiser to use an AC window unit or ductless air conditioner. Keep in mind that it is very important to choose the right size unit for your needs. Opting for a smaller unit which uses less energy won’t necessary save energy, because the unit will need to continuously run in order to keep the room at comfortable levels.
HVAC System Design for Efficiency
The design of your air conditioner system is incredibly important for maximizing efficiency. The design needs to account for factors like the load, the demand, duct distribution, duct insulation, and fittings. Our HVAC technicians are not only licensed in air conditioner and heating services, but have years of experience optimizing systems to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency.
Already have a HVAC system in place and wondering how you can save money? Reconfiguring the ducts might be too large of an investment, but simple upgrades can make a big difference. For example you might consider installing a programmable thermostat, changing fittings to reduce cooling loss, or upgrading your insulation.
“Zoning” refers to the practice of breaking your home up into different temperature zones based on use. For example, you might put your living room and kitchen into one zone because you spend the most time in them during the day, whereas bedrooms would be in a different zone because they are only used at night. Then you can set your air conditioning system to work based on these zones, such as not cooling bedrooms during the evening. AC zoning can be accomplished in many different ways and there is no one “best” solution for homes. Our Dallas cooling experts approach each case individually. We listen to your unique needs to come up with customized AC zoning solutions that may involve the use of ceiling fans, window units, and HVAC systems.
The Importance of Air Conditioning System Maintenance
You know that you need to tune up your car and lawn mower to make sure they are operating efficiently. The same is true of your air conditioning system. The most basic maintenance for HVAC systems is changing or cleaning the filter regularly. This will prevent debris from clogging and coating the parts of your HVAC system so it can run efficiently, and also improves the quality of your indoor air. Regular air conditioning maintenance also involves steps like tightening electrical parts, cleaning coils and blower motors, adjusting parts, and adjusting refrigerant pressure levels.
Ready to start saving money on your home cooling costs? Contact us today to talk to an energy-saving expert about customized solutions for your needs.