Combat Rising Refrigerant Costs with a Pre-season Air Conditioner Tune Up
Even though the HVAC industry has been experiencing some amazing technological advances over the past several years, it still faces a steep challenge: rising refrigerant costs. Here are five simple tips to help you combat this shocking expense from lowering daily energy usage to scheduling your pre-season air conditioner tune up…all without sacrificing an ounce of comfort in the process.
Rising Refrigerant Costs
Because of a government mandated phase-out of R-22 refrigerant, costs are rising at an alarming rate for many residents. For example, five years ago, R-22 sold for $10 a pound, today it could be as much as $50 per pound! Considering a typical air conditioning unit holds between 5 and 15 pounds of R-22, if a coil requires replacement or a leak needs to be refilled, the refrigerant could cost anywhere from $250 to $750. If your unit uses R-22, it is worth considering an HVAC replacement. But in the meantime, here are five simple ways to cut costs.
5 Tips to Save Energy Costs
1. Decrease Daily Energy Expenditure
It seems simple enough: use less, pay less. Since heating and cooling costs account for almost half of your home’s total energy bill, any decrease in energy usage will add up and can save you big. Instead of blasting the AC this summer, program your thermostat to a comfortable 78 degrees. Remember, for every degree you raise the temperature (for a period of 8 hours), you can save up to 1% on your yearly cooling bill.
2. Change the Air Filter
If you make only one DIY maintenance fix this season, change your air filter. Cleaning or replacing your air filter can help your system perform better with smooth, uninterrupted air flow. And bonus, it can save on energy consumption by as much as 15%!
3. Knock Out Drafts for Good
When we talk about drafts, most people immediately think about winter, but it’s also crucial to stop drafts in their tracks during AC season. Any air leaks in the home can rob your HVAC system of efficiency because not only will your cooled air escape through the cracks, but the hot summer heat can seep its way inside without you even realizing it.
4. Install a High-Efficiency System
Install a new high-efficiency AC system and you could save up to 50% on monthly utility bills, especially if your unit is more than 10 years old. The higher the SEER, the better the efficiency. But since size and installation also make a difference, it’s important to hire a qualified technician to get the job done right.
5. Schedule Your Pre-Season Air Conditioner Tune Up
With temperatures on the rise, now is the time to schedule your pre-season air conditioner tune up. Proper maintenance can go a long way in preventing future HVAC problems. Ask the professionals at Brown’s about annual pre-season AC check-ups before summer turns up the heat for good.