Whether you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or just need a tune up, Tony Oakman with Lee’s Heating and Air has tips to help you cool your home and save on your energy bill.
Now that warmer weather is finally here, this is the time that people begin to think about their air conditioning systems. If you’re in the market for a new system, the type of air conditioner you choose will have a huge impact on your energy bills and the impact you’re having on the environment. If you’re not in the market for a new system, now is the time to have your existing system inspected and tuned up.
According to Tony Oakman, owner of Lee’s Heating and Air, there are many advantages to purchasing a new air conditioning system right now.
Oakman says, “In today’s tough economy, a lot of people are looking to new ways to reduce their energy bills, and in the process, have less of an impact on the environment. Like most electronic devices and appliances, air conditioning systems have become a lot more efficient during the past few years. In fact, if your air conditioning system is 10 years old or older, it’s really worth looking at putting in a new system. That’s because a new system’s increased efficiency will result in lower energy bills year round, and in many cases, these savings will more than pay for the system in a few short years. Generally speaking, if your system is more than 10 years old, you’ll save at least 30 percent on your energy bills with a newer system.”
Oakman adds, “Most people don’t realize that the blower motor on your furnace is the same motor that’s used to blow cold air from your air conditioning unit into your home during the summer. So, the age and efficiency of your furnace could also have an effect on your air conditioning system.”
Even if you’re not going to replace your air conditioning unit, Oakman says there are a few things every homeowner can do to prepare for warmer temperatures.
He says, “First of all, make sure your air conditioner unit isn’t covered with overgrown plants or weeds. If your air conditioner is blocked, it has to work a lot harder to cool your house. Homeowners can also spray down their air conditioning units with a hose from time to time to clean off any dirt or debris that’s accumulated. Make sure you don’t use too much pressure when you do this though—high pressure water could damage part of your unit. Also, you should get your air conditioning unit checked and tuned-up once every year. An annual check will make sure your unit is operating at its optimum efficiency, and it will lengthen the life of your system. Also, a lot of studies have shown that 78 degrees is really ideal. These studies say that for every degree lower than 78 degrees, you’ll actually experience an 8 percent increase in the energy consumption.”
Right now, Lee’s Heating and Air has a special offer of just $69 for an air conditioning check up and tune-up—this is normally a $129 service.
To set up an appointment, call Lee’s Heating and Air at (801)747-LEES or visit www.leesheatac.com