We sometimes make the mistake of buying an item that seems cheap at first, but it ends up costing far more in the long run. An inefficient heater or air conditioner is costing you real money every time you turn it on.
Old and poorly maintained air conditioning systems use more electricity to deliver cool temperatures. Something as simple as a dirty filter can dramatically decrease their efficiency. A less efficient heating and cooling system accounts for a significant portion of an individual’s impact on the climate.
Heating and cooling are the largest energy expenses in most homes at 35-50 percent of the annual electricity bill. Replacing an inefficient system will save you money every day and also increase the comfort (and value) of your home.
What you can do:
Schedule an air conditioning system check-up. Most firms will come to your home, clean and inspect your AC and change the filters for a very small fee. Change the air filters in your centralized home unit or window units at least every quarter.
Here’s an even better idea:
Find out from your local company how much of a discount they would offer if you could get everyone in your apartment building or block to have their work done at the same time. The company saves time and money and gets new customers. You and your neighbors get a discount.
And Get More Information:
Visit the Energy Star website to learn about the best time to replace your cooling system, how to get the best performance out of it, find deals, and calculate how much you can save.