Many of the homes built during the 1980s may still have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are more than 20 years old. Recent estimates indicate that this applies to 20% of the homes built during that time period. In order to keep air conditioners running throughout the United States, about six percent of the electricity produced within this country is used. While that may not sound like a significant output, reducing it could have a positive effect, particularly for reducing household energy usage and costs.
How to Reduce Energy Usage and Costs
Since nearly 87% of American homes do have air conditioning to cool down during hot weather, reducing energy usage and utility bills tends to be important. When the temperatures rise, this usually accounts for an additional ten percent to 22% tacked onto a household’s overall energy costs. One way to reduce usage and cost is for households to lower their thermostats when they’re asleep or away from home. This has the potential to save $180.00 every year. In some instances, it may save even more.
Another way to reduce energy usage and costs is to have a new high-efficiency air conditioner installed. Recent figures indicate that this could reduce energy usage by 20% to 50%. Since there are a variety of new Energy Star Approved systems on the market, having one installed make more sense than continually repairing and maintaining older, less-efficient models.
Contact Your Local HVAC Service
No matter what time of year it is, you want to be sure that your HVAC unit is functioning optimally. When your heating and cooling systems are inspected on a regular basis and are well-maintained, you will be able to enjoy a comfortable home environment. Once your HVAC contractors come to inspect your existing heating and cooling system for necessary repairs, you can discuss your heating and air conditioning needs and whether it’s time for an upgrade,
Since there are more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems available, such as Energy Star approved units, it might be a good idea to consider having one of these installed. Another option is having a ductless air conditioner installed. One of the benefits of these systems is that they don’t leak like the older models.
Your HVAC contractor will be able to discuss the benefits of both of these systems when you contact them for a consultation. Furthermore, they will have other recommendations to assist you and your family staying cool during the hot months and warm during the cold ones. At this time, it would also be a good idea to set up a regular inspection and maintenance schedule rather than wait until there may be an issue.