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5 Ways To Cut Your Cooling Costs

Although Texas heat can be brutal, many homeowners are spending more than they have to on summer cooling costs. If the expense of keeping your indoor space comfortably cool is getting you down, don't despair. Instead, follow these summer energy-saving tips from Texas Air Comfort. By doing just a few easy things, you can enjoy greater indoor comfort at a lower monthly price.

Schedule AC Maintenance Every Spring

One of the easiest ways to cut cooling costs is with annual AC maintenance. Air conditioners should be serviced every spring, just before the start of the warm season. The system should be inspected for any potential problems and then cleaned thoroughly. A well-maintained air conditioner is an efficient air conditioner, and the more efficient the unit, the lower your utility bills will be. Even better, your AC system will last longer, perform better and require fewer repairs.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can be set to maintain different indoor temperatures at different times of the day and on different days of the week. With this handy device, you can preset your air conditioner to maintain a warmer indoor temperature when you're away and to automatically switch to a cooler indoor temperature just before you get home. With a programmable thermostat, you can lower utility bills by 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department Of Energy.

Keep Your Air Filter Clean

Most air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced every month. A clogged filter forces your AC system to work harder, and the harder the unit must work, the higher your energy costs will be. Dirty filters also wreak havoc on your cooling equipment and can seriously damage the motor. Air filters cannot effectively trap airborne pollutants if they are already full of dirt; as a result, your indoor air quality may suffer. Dog and cat dander can quickly accumulate on filters, so if you have pets, you might have to clean or change AC filters more often.

Schedule Duct Sealing Every Few Years

If you have a central cooling system, a network of air ducts distributes cooled air throughout your home. Over time, these ducts can develop cracks and leaks through which a considerable amount of cooled air can escape. Loosing cooled air through leaky ducts on a daily basis can increase utility bills significantly. Using high-tech tools, a qualified HVAC technician can thoroughly clean your duct system and seal any leaks through which cooled air is lost. To keep air ducts in good condition, schedule duct cleaning and sealing every several years.

Consider Home Insulation Upgrades

Attic insulation can keep your Texas home cooler in summer while reducing air conditioner usage. A well-insulated house holds cool air longer than a poorly insulated house. According to Energy Star, a proper insulation upgrade can reduce summer cooling costs by as much as 30 percent.

To learn more great ways to cut summer cooling costs, or to find a Factory Authorized HVAC Contractor in the Austin, Midland, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo and Odessa areas, call or visit Texas Air Comfort. With us, reliable indoor comfort is only a phone call or a mouse click away.

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