Why spend most of your hard-earned money on utility bills when you can cut it in half? If you’ve been looking for an answer to this question, you’re on the right page. We have gathered the most effective ways of keeping your home warm or cool without breaking your bank.
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Replace an old air conditioning unit
Buying new air conditioning unit may be expensive in the beginning but it helps in cutting the cooling costs by 30 percent. You may not see the difference after a month of use but you’ll notice that you’re saving a lot after years of using an energy efficient unit.
Choose an energy star certified central air conditioner and heat pumps
Central air conditioners are challenging to install and you need to hire a qualified technician for a proper installation. However, its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is more efficient than the standard units by 14 percent.
On the other hand, heat pumps with the high SEER and high heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) helps in increasing the efficiency by eight to 20 percent.
Even new gas furnaces have a high-efficiency rating compared to furnaces manufactured 20 years ago. In fact, the new gas furnaces are 15 percent more efficient than its counterpart.
You’re may be wondering why the efficiency rate is important. It’s because each company must meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® requirements to ensure that each unit complies with the industry’s standard.
To maximize the efficiency of your unit, you must observe proper maintenance. The maintenance guidelines are usually included in the manual. It’s also helpful if you hire a service maintenance team that can perform annual checkups. Through the manual checkups, you’ll be notified which part of the unit must be replaced.
It’s also advisable to have it checked during spring and fall because the summer and winter months are considered busy months. It’s also strategic to follow this schedule because the materials cost lower than in-season price.
If you’re still thinking whether to change your old unit to a new one, here are the signs that you can use to gauge if it’s time to replace your heating and cooling units.
- Frequent repairs – If you notice that your unit requires frequent repairs, it’s time to ask the contractor if it’s wiser to change your unit. There are some replacement parts that are costly, which may not be economical if you’ll continue to buy.
- Energy bill increases – It’s an obvious sign that it’s time to replace your unit. As mentioned above, new units are energy efficient and it can help you save up to 30 percent.
- Unit – 10 years and up – When your unit is 10-year-old an up, it’s time to replace it. The unit’s features usually do not meet the current energy saving standard and it can be harmful to the environment.