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Jul 31

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How to Reduce Energy Costs on Aging AC Units

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How to Reduce Energy Costs on Aging AC Units

Your AC units are likely to become less efficient as they start to age. It is even worse if they have not been getting regular and proper maintenance over the years. With the right maintenance, AC units can work well for up to 20 years. All they need is preventive maintenance. Installing an AC unit that is not the right size for a home may reduce its lifespan and efficiency. If it is too large, it may increase power bills and work for a shorter period than it should.

How to reduce energy costs on your aging air conditioning units:

Is It Time to Replace Your AC Units?

If your AC unit is over 20 years old, it may be time to have it replaced. If, however, it has been in use for ten to 19 years, use a high-efficiency system that has an Energy Star rating. That way, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 20%. That, however, is not always necessary. An AC unit that has been maintained properly over the years can continue to work well with preventive maintenance.

Thermostat Settings

Setting your AC to temperatures that are cooler than normal is a waste of energy. Set the thermostat to a temperature that is just comfortable.

Reduce Heat Buildup

Too much heat in a room forces your AC to work overtime. It, therefore, spends more energy than necessary. You can reduce the buildup of heat by keeping the curtains closed and avoiding use of clothes dryers when it is hot outside.

Use a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans do not cool a room but they create a breeze that makes the room comfortable to be in. Ceiling fans can make you feel cooler by three to eight degrees. They are not expensive and they can be combined with air conditioners for improved comfort.

Check Your Ducts and Filters

If there are leaks in your ductwork, your energy bills will definitely increase. Ductwork is responsible for carrying cold air. Ensure that your filters are changed by a professional at least once every year.

Looking for Regular AC Maintenance?

At MM Comfort System, we offer furnace, AC, Ductless, and furnace services in Tacoma. We specialize in design, installation, and quality systems. We offer repair services for all brands at all times. Our consultants are friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to help. We offer consultation services by appointment. Our home performance consultants and auditors are BPI certified. Contact us today!