When it comes to the Naples climate, it can be difficult to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to try and decrease that number, it could be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to talk through a potential upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system.
In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.”
Any savings will depend on the age of the air conditioner, but in general, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological advancements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient.
Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners could help reduce your energy costs, but don’t diminish the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also remind us that cleaning and changing air filters can significantly improve the performance of your air conditioner.
Also mentioned as important keys to keeping your home cool without breaking the bank:
- Add insulation to your attic
- Make sure your home is well-sealed
- Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going where it’s supposed to
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
- Close vents in rooms that are empty
- Turn on a ceiling fan in the space you are in
Whether you’re wanting to set up air conditioner service or want to learn more about your replacement air conditioner possibilities, give the pros at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 239-908-6991 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.