Saving Money on Your Energy Bill with an AC Tune-UpPublished on: May 9, 2012
Homeowners focus on purchasing energy efficient air conditioning systems because they save energy. However, yearly tune ups save on utility bills and energy. A system with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER and Energy Efficiency Rating or EER is 14 percent more efficient than older cooling systems. Make sure to use a reputable HVAC contractor specializing in air conditioning services to perform a tune up. The technicians should have industry certifications and be trained to install, repair, tune up, and perform routine maintenance on your cooling equipment.
Tune up Checklist
Although the basic heating and cooling tune up is the same, the technician performing this air conditioning service should inspect components specific to cooling equipment.
The tune up for your cooling equipment begins with cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils to ensure your system will operate efficiently. In addition to that, if these components are dirty they will significantly reduce energy efficiency.
Next, the technician should check the refrigerant levels and make the appropriate adjustments. Too little or too much refrigerant increases energy use and shortens the life of your system.
Lastly, cleaning and adjusting the blower components keeps your space comfortably cooled with the proper airflow. Dirty and improperly adjusted components reduce energy efficiency by as much as 15 percent.
For the maximum amount of savings and energy efficiency, you should have your air conditioning system tuned up annually. Look for a HVAC contractor with air conditioning services that include tune ups, preventative maintenance, and maintenance agreements. Well-maintained equipment ensures years of trouble-free service and that your system operates at its peak efficiency.
One of the most important air conditioning services your HVAC contractor can perform is a scheduled tune up. It is the best first line of defense for keeping your system operating without interruption.