In the hot South Carolina summers, staying cool can be an expensive affair. Using an air conditioning system to cool your Beaufort, South Carolina, home can cost you almost half of your total utility bill. However, there are a few ways to cut down on cooling costs. Use tips like regular AC maintenance, air leakage prevention, system upgrades, and smart thermostat installation to save energy and money.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Maintaining your air conditioning system properly can bring down energy costs by up to 30 percent. A clogged air filter makes the unit work harder and reduces its efficiency. A drop in refrigerant level reduces the cooling capacity of the unit. To prevent such issues, clean your air conditioning unit and change its filter regularly. Have a professional perform periodic checkups and identify issues for preventive maintenance.
Make Your Home Airtight
Look out for drafty doors and sneaky cracks passing on cooled air to the outside environment. Seal all the leaks in air ducts, walls, and windows that are putting an additional burden on your cooling system. Use caulk, weatherstripping, and tape to make your home airtight. If your attic insulation is old, consider adding a new layer.
Upgrade to a More Efficient System
An old HVAC system that uses R-22 refrigerant consumes more energy than a new one using R-410a refrigerant. If your HVAC system is too old, it might be time to upgrade to a more efficient system with the latest technology. Replacing your old equipment with a new model featuring a higher SEER rating can help you make substantial savings in energy bills.
Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart, programmable thermostat gives you better control over your air conditioning system. You can set the system a few degrees warmer at times when you are not at home and lower the temperature for times you are at home. Being able to set up precise temperatures greatly reduces the energy cost.
We at McDevitt Air specialize in energy-efficient HVAC systems. Contact us at 877-692-9402 to discuss your home cooling requirements.
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