Reduce Your AC and Water Heating Costs with These 3 Tips

Published on: May 9, 2012

You can reduce your air conditioning and water heating costs in your Atlanta, GA, home by following a few steps. These steps will help increase the energy efficiency of your systems. As you install more energy efficient appliances, insulation, windows and so forth, your bills will lower even further.


Have a professional air conditioner service maintain your HVAC system. The technician will tune your unit in the spring and fall. Have the air duct system inspected, cleaned and repaired on an annual basis. This provides clean air for you and your family. Repairing any leaks prevents moist air from entering the attic; destroying insulation and roofing materials. It also prevents contaminants from entering the system. The air conditioner will not have to work harder to compensate for air loss. The energy bill will be lower as a result.


If your water heater is ten years old or older, it needs to be replaced. Many models with high energy efficiency are on the market today. Electrical, gas, on-demand and solar models have the Energy Star rating. Look for a model with the highest energy efficiency rating you can afford for the most savings.


To help an older water heater while you save for a new one, follow these steps:

• Drain and rinse out water scale and mineral buildup.
• Wrap the water heater with an insulation blanket.
• Replace the anode rod. You may need to call an air conditioning service for this.
• Set your water temperature to 120º.


An air conditioner service company can help you choose an air conditioner with high energy efficiency. Carefully check the SEER ratings of new units. The higher the number, the more efficient it is. Units with SEER ratings of 24 are available.


Every month, pour a cup of household bleach into your air conditioner’s drain line. This keeps the line clear of algae and mold. If your drain line does not have a port, your air conditioning service can install one for you. Clean or replace the filter every month. This allows unrestricted air flow to your unit while keeping it clear of debris. This improves the energy efficiency of the unit.


Using a digital thermostat increases the energy efficiency of your system. You can control the temperature of your Atlanta, GA, home more efficiently. Your local air conditioning service can