Most people in Las Vegas absolutely dread when it comes time for them to start cooling their home for the warmer weather. Spring is only a couple of weeks away now and electric bills in Las Vegas tend to jump substantially when the spring and summer months set in. The good news is that this is in part due to some bad decisions from the actual homeowner that can easily be rectified. Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning would like to offer the following solutions to many of these user errors:
How Can I Reduce Cooling Costs in My Home?
Air Conditioner Replacement – The biggest thing you can do to cut energy costs is to upgrade your old, energy guzzling air conditioner to a newer, much more energy efficient model. Paying higher upfront costs for the most efficient unit possible (SEER 14 or higher) just makes sense in a hot climate like Las Vegas as this initial investment will be paid back in energy savings over time. Replacing a ten year old central air conditioning unit with an energy star model can cut your cooling costs by 30 to 50 percent! Call Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning for a consultation, inspection and advice on the best air conditioning system for you and your family!
Fix A/C Duct Leaks – If you live in an older home, cool air is lost through gaps in your air duct joints. It takes a professional like Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning to test for leaks before and after we undertake any necessary repairs and seal those air ducts properly.
A/C Tune Up and Cleaning – A poorly maintained air conditioner uses much more energy and has a shorter lifespan that a well maintained unit. It is very important to have a professional like Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning tune up, clean and check controls and refrigerant levels yearly. If your refrigerant levels need recharging; this alone can improve efficiency by twenty percent. We have found that ninety percent of air conditioner failures are caused by a lack of maintenance that can easily be avoided by calling Air Supply!
Go Digital – Ensure that you have a digital thermostat in your home. This will ensure that you get exactly what temperature you set your unit for!
Set a Timer – Make sure that you not only know how to set up the run times for your air conditioning unit but that you actually follow through and do it! You can set the air for a more comfortable temperature during the times that you will be home and set it for a few degrees warmer when you are gone for the day. This will usually save the amount of time that your unit is running, especially during the peak hours of the day which in turn saves you money.
Change Filters – Dirty air filters are the number one cause of air conditioner breakdowns and they cost about seven percent more in energy costs in hot climates like Las Vegas!
Screens – Having some kind of screen, blinds or window tint on all your windows and large glass doors will help keep the sun from soaking through. These window coverings will help keep the individual room’s cooler and lesson the run time of your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioner will be able to cool the room faster and not work as hard than if the burning Las Vegas sun is pouring through the bare windows.
Weather Proof – It is certainly worth your while to take some time to make sure that your windows and doors seal tightly when closed. You can easily add weather proofing and make sure that weather stripping around and under door jams is fitted and tight as well. You can test by looking for light peeking through the edges when the door is shut. Weather proofing will stop the cool air generated inside your home from escaping out.
Turn off Lights – Turning off lights when not in use can save you money on your energy bill in two ways. Firstly, it directly saves you money because when lights are turned off they aren’t using energy and secondly when lights are on during the summer they are also emitting heat which causes your air conditioning unit to work harder. Make sure that as you leave a room the light goes off; this will help the room cool off faster.
Upgrade to CFL Lights – CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs can not only cut lighting costs and cooling costs too as they give off very little heat. Did you realize that ninety percent of the electricity used by an incandescent bulb is converted to heat as opposed to light?
Ceiling Fans – Moving air keeps you cooler by increasing the amount of evaporation from your skin. It allows you to set your thermostat at a higher setting while still feeling comfortable.
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Air Supply Heating and Air Conditioning invites you to make the above adjustments that will ensure you are making the most of your in home cooling. If you have any questions or would like an in-home consultation and inspection of your existing air conditioning system, contact us today!