Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

How To Make Both Your Air Conditioning And Heating Systems Really Efficient

If your electrical bills consistently seem high as a result of electric heating and electric air conditioning systems, you may be looking for ways to make these systems more energy-efficient. While an HVAC contractor/technician can help, there are some services you can request to get things started. The following services can make both systems more efficient when you run them, thereby reducing your electrical expenses. 

Clean out the Ventilation System

Air ducts thick with dust, bug carcasses, cobwebs, etc., make it very difficult for any air — cold or hot — to get through. The house does not cool or heat as quickly as it should when the air is impeded by dirty air ducts. Your HVAC technician can thoroughly clean out the ducts and the ventilation system, which will allow your furnace and your A/C to do a much better job at heating and cooling your home. After a good cleaning, these appliances will not turn on as often or keep trying to force more air through dust bunnies clogging the system, and as a result, will not use as much electricity.

Update and/or Replace Older Systems

More modern appliances are designed to use even less electricity with better results. They are stamped with an energy guide sticker that tells you exactly how much electricity they should be using every year. Some stickers break it down a little further to let you know how much electricity these new appliances use every month. By replacing much older systems that use too much electricity with newer systems that use far less, you instantly make heating and cooling more energy-efficient. You will see a drop in the costs of your electricity within a month or two of installing brand-new heating and cooling appliances. 

Tune up and Maintain Your Systems at Least Once a Year

Maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner does more than just keep these appliances running. It keeps them from slowing down, using too much power, etc. Even if you opt to install all new systems, you should still have your HVAC technician/contractor provide maintenance services at least once a year. These services prevent your new and old appliances from many of the issues that can cause them to consume more power than they should. Doing maintenance twice a year (i.e., in spring and in fall) catches any issues that develop unbeknownst to you over the course of the summer and/or winter seasons. 

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Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Annual AC Inspection

I almost always have my air conditioner inspected every spring before I start using it in the summer. However, last year I decided to skip the inspection. Everything had been OK for the last couple of years, so I assumed that it would be fine this year as well. Why not save a few dollars and skip the annual check up, just this once? Of course, this was the year that my air conditioner decided to break down. It ran for a few days, but it never really seemed to get cool enough to bring the indoor temperature down. Then it started making a loud noise, right before shutting off completely. By that time, the AC repair company was swamped like it always is when the weather is warm, and I had to wait days for an appointment. Next year, I will definitely be getting that yearly inspection first.

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