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Save Money and Reduce Your Air Conditioning and Water Heating Costs. Here’s how:

Published on: May 2, 2012

It is not hard to reduce your utility bills when you choose energy efficient products. During your next ac repair and installation project, choose a unit that is Energy Star certified and has the highest SEER rating you can afford. The higher the SEER number is, the more efficient the unit is. Current building codes now require at least a SEER rating of 13 in new construction.

If your home’s HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it is time for an ac repair and installation job. Choosing an Energy Star certified unit with a SEER rating of 13 or greater will give you the benefit of tax rebates and lower utility bills. Some energy efficient air conditioning units are made to hook up to solar panels. The sun supplies part of the power to the unit, thus increasing the energy savings. These units have SEER ratings of up to 24.

Water heaters also carry the Energy Star certification. There are units that use either gas, solar or electricity. These units are also rated as water saving, so you save on both utilities. If your water heater is 10 years old or older, it is time to get a new one. Your ac repair and installation company can help you choose an energy efficient model and can install it for you.

Maintaining your air conditioner and water heater will help the energy efficient units work their best throughout their lives. The ac repair and installation company will give you an owner’s manual and will explain how you can maintain the system.

Obtaining a service contract will allow technicians to come out on a scheduled basis to perform the necessary maintenance for you. Service contract customers are treated with priority during an emergency. They also receive discounts on parts and labor. It pays to invest your hard earned dollars in energy efficiency.