How Routine AC Maintenance Saves You Money
Staying cool over summer has been essential for everyone, but we can all say that comfort has come with a higher-than-average cost this season.
Since the heat seems to hit in waves, homeowners should take every precaution to reduce their electric bills. The first place to start should always be your HVAC system.
Let’s take a look at how air conditioning experts like those of Advanced Home Comfort can help you stay cool without breaking the bank.
How Much is the Average Electric Bill in Texas?
During 2022, the average electric bill was around $140. However, single family homeowners found themselves paying bills upwards of $400 dollars just to beat the heat.
Industry experts say that the higher rates this year are due to geopolitical issues increasing natural gas costs, further increasing the average electric bill.
AC Pro’s Help Reduce Your Electric Bill
Unfortunately, the war between Russia and Ukraine rages on and sanctions are still in place. So, there really is no end in sight to soaring electricity prices.
Let’s go over the specific ways an AC professional can help you reduce your electricity payments despite the current climate; both political and literal.
Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain
You may not want to pay for an AC inspection when your unit seemingly works fine, but it is during these inspections that your AC professional can identify problems that might lead to very expensive repairs before they occur. While it may hurt to drop a hundred bucks on a preventative inspection, it’s more affordable than thousands of dollars in repairs down the road.
Our team knows the in’s and out’s of HVAC units. We identify problems in the most nuanced and specific areas of your unit to assess or make minor repairs before the costs get out of hand.
Professional HVAC Cleaning Boosts Performance
When your system is tuned up, it’s bound to save you money as it operates with little effort.
Without a cleaning, dirt and grime invade your exterior unit. This build-up severely impedes the efficiency of your AC unit.
Our technicians clean out debris ato ensure it needn’t work over time or cost you more money than it normally should.
Energy Efficient HVAC Alternatives
If your HVAC is costing you too much to run every month, it could be that you need a unit replacement.
The average lifespan of an AC unit in North Texas usually lasts around 15 years. If you know your unit is approaching that age or has already surpassed it, speak with one of our HVAC technicians while you shop for an energy-efficient alternative. We are very familiar with most popular brands. If you tell us what your specific needs are, we’ll generate a list of recommended units that fit your budget.
Believe it or not, vandalism can damage your unit also. Advanced Home Comfort has experience installing protective gear such as steel security cages that serve to prevent vandals from access to the unit, while still allowing easy access to HVAC professionals.
What Can You Do to Save Money on Utility Bills?
Until you can schedule an HVAC maintenance and inspection appointment, here are specific ways that you can save money on your own.
First, increase your HVAC’s set temperature by a few degrees when you aren’t home. According to electricity experts EnergyStar, you should set your thermostat to 85 degrees Fahrenheit when you aren’t at home. This will help you save money conserve HVAC energy output.
Remember to change your HVAC filter regularly, especially for the following:
- Every 3 months for no-pet households with no pets
- Every 2 months for a home with one dog or cat
- Every month for homes with more than one dog or cat
Advanced Home Comfort Goes Above & Beyond
Advanced Home Comfort can provide your home with the standard HVAC maintenance and repairs.
We call ourselves the “home health experts” because we literally know how to keep your home temperature and air quality healthy and comfortable.
A Home Health Inspection from Advanced Home Comfort includes
- Insulation inspection
- Condition of your crawl space
- Potential drafts costing you extra every monthy