Homeowners are always looking for new ways to cut costs. With the high expense of electricity, many try to find ways to save by cutting back on their air conditioning. If you dread your electric bill every month, then you may want to brush up on your AC vocabulary. Here’s some air conditioning lingo that may be able to save your hard earned cash, without sacrificing your comfort.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
When buying any major appliance, you want to invest in a high quality product that will perform well for years to come. This is why it is important to know the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of the air conditioner you are buying.
SEER rates the efficiency of your AC on a scale of 13 to 25 (you used to be able to buy them below 13; however the Environmental Protection Agency has banned these). The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner will be. While systems with a lower rating are cheaper, they will cost you in the long run. Higher SEER ratings mean less expensive monthly energy bills. Because of our high demand for AC in Florida, you’ll want to buy an air conditioner with an SEER rating of at least 16.
Changing your air filters keeps your air fresh and free of pollutants. However, it can also save you money. When you neglect your air filter, it gets clogged with dust and other allergens. This means that air cannot freely move through your vents and your home will not properly cool. Your air conditioner now has to work twice as hard and use more energy to cool your home. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed your air filters, it may be reflecting in your bill.
The best way to save money on your electricity bill, keep your home comfortable, and avoid AC breakdowns is by having regular preventative maintenance. Having your air conditioner cleaned and inspected by a professional technician twice a year can:
- Lower your energy bill
- Reduce the number of repairs
- Prolong your unit’s life
All this equals big savings for homeowners. Regular maintenance also has a number of other benefits, like improving your home’s air quality. Click here to learn more about Engineered Air Maintenance Agreement Plans.
If you’re sick of crazy expensive energy bills, call the Professionals at Engineered Air today. Our NATE certified technicians will get your system running cost effectively, keeping your home cool and wallet full. Contact Engineered Air and find out how we can improve your home’s comfort. For more tips, check out our blog on lowering your monthly energy bill.