With spring just around the corner and summer right on its heels, I thought it was time for some home owner tips about your air conditioning unit. I realize that it is difficult to think about your air conditioner when you are curled up on the sofa, wrapped in your Snuggie, but dealing with it during the winter months not only will save you money, but give you a better chance of actually getting an appointment. Once the weather turns hot, everyone else will be calling for service.
If Ronald Reagan was in office when your air conditioning unit was installed, it might be time to consider replacing it. Any air conditioner that is more than ten years old probably has the “old style” refrigerant, and needs to be upgraded. The best part about this home owner tip is that the newer units are more efficient and economical to operate than that old dinosaur you have now.
Although replacing your air conditioning system seems to be a rather expensive proposition, the fact is that older systems end up costing more for parts and refrigerant. On top of that, the refrigerants used in older systems are slowly being phased out, making them more like oil than refrigerant, costing 75 percent more—or even more— than they did in previous years. Newer systems pay for themselves in repair and refrigerant costs alone in no time, and who doesn’t want to save money?
You may also want to consider upgrading your system if the temperature in rooms is not consistent. If you need to wear your ski parka in the family room, but strip to your bathing suit in the bedroom, one of the best home owner tips is to consider replacing your unit with a more efficient one. Excessive dust is another sign that your system may need some assistance. If a new system reduces dust, think how happy that white-gloved mother-in-law will be when she visits again.
We would love the opportunity to send one of our Comfort Experts to your home and give you an estimate at no cost or obligation to you. These little home owner tips can help you save money, regulate temperatures in your home, and keep your mother-in-law off your back (well, maybe not completely). We look forward to hearing from you soon!
I’ll be talking with you later about more energy-saving tips for you and your family.