When was the last time you did a thorough checkup on your heating and cooling equipment? Do you know when it’s time to call an air conditioning contractor? Your air conditioner may seem like it’s working perfectly. The temperature in your home can be entirely comfortable, but what you don’t feel is the increasing amount of energy your air conditioner is sucking up due to its old age. Like your computer, your heating and cooling equipment will become less efficient over time. It may look as good as the day you installed it, but on the inside things are slowing down and expiring. The reality is, replacing air conditioning equipment that is 15 years or older, will likely result in significant energy savings.
Air conditioners alone are using a whole 5% of all electricity generated in the United States, and this is costing homeowners a staggering $11 billion every year. Two out of every three homes in the U.S. use an air conditioning system, and only 42% of those say that they service their AC annually. Air conditioning maintenance is more important than you may realize. By performing regular maintenance, gross amounts of energy can be saved, and a large portion of home fires can be prevented. In 2010, 7,400 home fires in the United States were started as a result of air conditioning and other cooling equipment. It is easy to forget about your HVAC equipment, as it is often placed out of sight, but these parts of your home need to be checked as regularly and thoroughly as any other.
Newer air conditioning equipment has proven to be safer, more energy efficient, and more cost effective. Many people are benefiting from the use of ENERGY STAR certified central air conditioners, as they have a higher energy efficient ratio and seasonal energy efficiency ratio. So, what do you do if your old HVAC equipment is aging or even failing, and how can you save energy and money? Call an HVAC company. An air conditioning contractor can help you either repair the system you have, or will help you select and install all new equipment. AC services can be found in your local community.
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