Does your home or business have an air conditioner? Chances are good the answer is “yes.” North Carolina gets its share of hot, humid weather, and many of Charlotte’s homes and businesses depend on air conditioners to stay cool and comfortable. That means many homeowners and business owners pay monthly to keep their air conditioners running. Some people pay less than others, and it’s not because they keep their thermostats higher. It’s because their systems are more energy-efficient. In today’s blog, we want to go through just what makes a system energy-efficient.
Thermostat and controls you can program
Whether it’s the office or your home, you probably aren’t spending 24 hours in it every day. That means you don’t need your air conditioner running full-blast 24-7. However, remembering to adjust the system before you head out doesn’t always happen. As a result, you can end up spending a lot of money cooling a space you’re not even using. The good news is, there are automated systems that can control your HVAC systems, turning it on and off at pre-programmed times. Not only will you have peace of mind, your bank account will thank you.
It doesn’t matter how great your HVAC system is; if your windows, walls, and doors all leak air, you’ll pay more to keep your home or business comfortable. If you find that you’re just not getting the results you’re paying for, it’s a good idea to add more insulation to your walls, windows, and pipes. You can even bring in professionals to test your home for leaks, revealing you the areas you need to target first.
Clean air filters
Clogged up air filters are a very common cause of HVAC energy struggles. Your HVAC equipment has to run for longer and work harder when the filters are clogged. Even worse, ineffective filters result in fan blades and motor parts covered in dust. Dust wears components down faster, taking years off of your system’s life and costing you more overall. We also recommend you keep furniture away from indoor vents and leaves off of outdoor vents so that the airflow remains unimpeded.
Invest in energy-efficient equipment
If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, you’re spending way too much money to run it. Replacing a system that’s over a decade old can give you a double or even triple return on investment. Newer systems have better Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings (SEER), which means they provide highly improved energy efficiency. You can also look for Energy Star-rated models, which have to meet strict guidelines in order to be sold. At James Brown Air Conditioning & Heating, we will always make sure you get a system that fits your budget and improves your situation.
Stay on top of maintenance
Many of the issues that plague air conditioners are caused by the lack of regular maintenance. Units get dirty and rundown, working harder and harder as the years go by. When owners finally feel the effects of their system’s unhealthiness and contact professionals, the damage has already been done, and it’s usually not a cheap fix. The debate between those who think regular maintenance is a waste of money and those who see it as a way to save will continue, but regular maintenance delivers a decided advantage: consistent performance without catastrophic failure. When it’s hot and humid outside, you don’t want years of neglect to suddenly come due. It’s better to pay a professional to come around and tune your system regularly.