How to Cut Cooling Costs This Summer | Top 5 Tips

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With temperatures nearing the 90s, life without an air conditioner seems downright impossible. Reduce your cooling costs this summer by utilizing these useful techniques! You’ll thank us later.’

How to Cut Cooling Costs

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat will allow you to pre-set desired temperatures. This is especially useful for when you’re away at work or asleep. Now, you never have to worry again about forgetting to adjust the temperature back to normal.

For noticeable savings, we recommend setting your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re away. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees only when you are home and in need of cooling. When it comes to cooling costs, every degree counts.

Take advantage of ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are great way to reduce cooling costs when the temperatures are mild, as they use significantly less energy than an air conditioning unit. However, it’s important to remember that ceiling fans don’t cool rooms, they cool skin. So always remember to turn them off whenever you leave a room. Otherwise, you’re only wasting energy.

Schedule regular tune-ups

Tune-ups were designed to help customers avoid spending money on frequent, costly repairs and to ensure their system is running at optimal efficiency. Take advantage of these services as they will help you and your family keep cool all summer long.

Additionally, regular tune-ups will increase the lifespan of your system, saving your from having to replace your system before you’re ready to. If you haven’t already, schedule your annual AC tune-up with Larry & Sons today!

Change air filters regularly

Your air filters should be changed at minimum every 1-3 months. After a while, your filters get jam packed with dirt, dust and debris, and if you don’t want that affecting your indoor air quality, then regularly change your air filters.

In addition to poor indoor air quality, a filter that isn’t regularly changed can lead to malfunctions and breakdowns in your unit. If your air conditioner won’t turn on or shows signs of freezing, always check your air filter first. Set calendar and phone reminders so you never forget again.

Seal leaks

Conduct a leak inspection in your home to locate all the places where air is leaking. Caulking and weatherstripping are two easy yet effective ways to put a stop to air leaks.

Caulking is generally used for small cracks and openings around doors and window frames, and weatherstripping is typically used to seal doors and windows.

You can also seal your air ducts with mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape to improve the airflow of your heating and air conditioning system, as well as save money and improve indoor air quality. After every major insulation project, however, always consult with your local professional HVAC company for proper ventilation.

To further save and add comfort and peace of mind, we highly recommend signing up for Larry & Sons Maintenance Program, which ensures two annual heating and air conditioning tune-ups, 15 % off all repairs, and much more!

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Air Conditioning Myths Debunked

You’re more than likely familiar with the phrase, “Well if it’s on the Internet it must be true.” This is often a sarcastic remark in response to outrageous claims, and unfortunately, when it comes to saving money, we’ll believe just about anything we read.

Air Conditioning Myths Debunked

Air Conditioning Myths

Some of the tips and tricks you hear and read online can actually have negative effects, especially when it comes to expensive equipment like heating and air conditioning equipment.

We’ve debunked some of the most common air conditioning myths that claim to cut costs or provide more efficient comfort. Before we tell you the answers, can you guess which ones are myths and which one is true? No peeking!

1. Ceiling fans keep rooms cool.
2. Turning the thermostat way down will cool your home faster.
3. Annual tune-ups will extend the life of your air conditioner.
4. An air conditioner with a higher efficiency rating will by default save you energy.
5. Changing your air filters once a year should suffice.

Think you’re an A/C expert? See how well you did!

A/C Myths and Facts

1. Ceiling fans keep rooms cool

False: It’s often assumed that because we feel cooler in a room it must be because of the fan that’s on. However, the fan isn’t cooling the room; it’s cooling your skin! Sound confusing? The circulated air is moving across your skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s cooling the room.

Because a ceiling fan doesn’t cool a room, make sure to turn it off whenever you leave. A ceiling fan that is left on is only wasting your hard earned dollars. Nevertheless, running your ceiling fan only costs about 2 cents per hour, so don’t worry about it too much. Use your ceiling fan when you can to save on air conditioning costs.

2. Turning the thermostat way down will cool your home faster

False: Regardless of your temperature setting, your air conditioner always cools at the same rate. A cool, refreshing home sounds ideal after a long day at work, but setting the temperature way back won’t do any good, no matter the degree. If you want your home to be cool by the time you come home, we recommend setting your programmable thermostat to turn on 30 minutes before you arrive home.

Most air conditioners operate on a set speed, however, some units do offer low, high, and medium settings. If you aren’t satisfied with your current heating or cooling system, consider installing a programmable thermostat! You can set the desired temperature before you leave work so that when you arrive at home it’s cool and comfortable.

3. Annual tune-ups will extend the life of your air conditioner

True: Would you ever drive your car 50,000 miles without changing the oil or making sure it runs alright? Of course not! So why do that to your air conditioner? Much like a car, your AC system needs some good ole’ TLC once and a while. We recommend performing annual tune-ups on your AC so that you can be cool and comfortable all summer long.

As an added benefit, you can forget about all those frequent, costly air conditioner repairs! Our technicians can spot any problem before it becomes a messy and expensive affair. Annual tune-ups isn’t a service we implemented to get more money out of you; they’re designed to save you, the customer, from having to spend money on issues that could have been avoided in the first place.

4. An air conditioner with a higher efficiency rating will by default save you energy

False: We hope you didn’t feel too tricked by this statement, as it is partially true! They key to this is a perfectly executed installation. An installation that is rushed or not completed properly can cause the new unit to consume between 30 and 40 percent more fuel than it would if the installation had been completed with care and precision.

Larry & Sons employs only professional, highly trained technicians. We treat each and every service call with the care and respect it deserves.

5. Changing your air filters once a year should suffice

False: While changing your air filters is crucial, changing them only once a year is simply not good enough. Show your AC some love by changing the filters at least once every three months. A dirty filter slows down air flow, not to mention it makes way for poor indoor air quality.

Write the date on your air filter so when you go to look at it again you know when to change it

Now that we’ve cleared the air, we hope you no longer believe these AC myths! For all your home cooling needs, leave it to the experts at Larry & Sons. Got any questions? Well we’ve got the answer! Feel free to give us a call at (301)733-5428 and keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

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