When summer temperatures soar, so do our energy bills. Your home’s HVAC system is responsible for approximately 27% of your electricity bill. Making intentional AC upgrades can help keep your energy costs down and your cooling efficiency up. Keep reading to learn how AC upgrades improve property value, lower energy bills, increase your comfort, and help your Maryland summer be more enjoyable.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Your AC’s thermostat impacts your system’s efficiency more than you may realize. A well-functioning thermostat can save you 10% a year on your air conditioning bills if you program it to run 10 to 15 degrees higher for eight hours each day. When not at home, program your thermostat at 78 degrees for more savings. Programmable thermostats enable you to set these temperature controls so you can optimize your AC usage during hot, humid Maryland summers. Smart thermostats even allow you to make changes from an app on your phone for added convenience.
Consider Your Thermostat Positioning
Where your thermostat is positioned can greatly influence how your AC operates. If your thermostat is installed on an exterior wall or near a window, it can register an inaccurate reading and trigger your air conditioner to run more frequently. Engage a licensed HVAC contractor to reposition your thermostat–the savings will be worth it!
This would also be a great time to upgrade to a smart thermostat!
Upgrade to an AC with Higher Energy Efficiency
High air conditioning bills are often associated with incorrect sizing, age, or the energy efficiency rating of your unit. Cut your energy costs by replacing old or failing air conditioners with those that carry a high energy efficiency ratio, or EER, or an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit. Higher EER ratings indicate a more efficient air conditioner. Investing in a quality AC system adds to your home’s resale value as well as saving you money every month on your energy bill. A new AC unit will also save you money by requiring less frequent repairs.
Change Your AC Filter
A simple upgrade, but one that can save you up to 15% on your utility costs, is to change your AC filter. Different filters do different things. While fiberglass filters are the most used, filter types can be pleated, permanent, washable, and electro-static, depending on your household’s needs.
All these filters should be inspected monthly to determine if they need to be replaced. Depending on the air quality of where you live, you may need to replace them once a month, but most require replacement every three months. Permanent filters allow you to clean them regularly instead of replacing them. These cost more upfront but also result in long-term savings.
The most important thing to remember is that a dirty filter will reduce your system’s efficiency and increase your energy bill. Stay on top of filter maintenance for true savings!
Make an Appointment for Air Sealing
Leaks in your AC ducting rob you of big savings each month. In fact, air leaks in your ductwork can be costing you 25 to 30% more each month. Make an appointment to have your home evaluated for air leaks and get airtight!
Install a Zoning System
Another option for instant energy savings is to install a zoning system so that you can temperature control each room of your home. Dividing your home into zones allows you to employ customized, targeted cooling levels to improve the cooling efficiency of your system.
The GAC Difference
Air conditioners that are properly sized for your home and regularly serviced will keep your AC energy savings high each month and your temperatures comfortable. Trust the experts at GAC Services to counsel you on appropriate upgrades for your home and needs and start experiencing instant energy savings now!
Our award-winning HVAC technicians and family-owned and -operated business have served the Maryland area for over five decades with transparent pricing and a 100% service satisfaction guarantee. Experience unparalleled customer service and a team dedicated to what you need with GAC Services.