Here’s How You Can Save Money and Reduce Your AC and Water Heating Costs

Published on: April 25, 2012

You do not have to wait until your next air conditioning repair and installation to save money on the utility bills. By following a few tips, your air conditioning and heating system and water heating system will use less energy. Most of the tips can be performed by anyone. Some items, such as duct cleaning, sealing and repair, must be performed by professionals. The energy savings will offset these costs over time.

If your home has a mercury switch thermostat, you should replace it with a digital model. A digital thermostat will allow you to control your air conditioning and heating system without effort. It will accurately maintain the temperature you program into the unit. When you leave for the day, it will raise the indoor temperature and lower it before you come home. This saves you money in energy costs. An air conditioning repair and installation company can install one for you.

Lowering the water temperature on an existing water heater to 120º will save energy. This temperature effectively melts grease and kills bacteria. There are other things a homeowner can do to help an older water heater run more efficiently. These include:

• Rinsing the mineral buildup out of the tank at least twice a year.
• Wrap the tank in an insulating blanket.
• Wrap pipes to prevent freezing, condensation and heat loss.

Replacing the water heater if it is over ten years old will save the most money. Energy Star certified models have the highest energy efficiency and qualify for tax breaks, rebates and incentives. Many air conditioning repair and installation companies install, repair and maintain water heaters. Combined with savings from your ac and heating system, the new system will eventually pay for itself.

Replacing an old, worn out ac and heating system with an Energy Star certified unit will save the most money on energy bills. Your air conditioning repair and installation can help you choose the right model for your home and budget.