5 Ways to Save Money on Your AC Bill

Lower monthly HVAC billWhile your air conditioning unit is something you can’t live without, it may be something that you could stand to spend less on. In fact, most people are not thrilled when they get their summer air conditioning bill, especially in Las Vegas. If you are tired of spending so much money on your monthly bill, it is probably time to consider a few ways to reduce your rates.

The good news is that there are ways you may be spending more money than you actually need to, or should be. By making a few adjustments you can save a lot of money in the long run. Here are 5 reasons you may be spending too much money on your HVAC:

  1. Not changing the air filter as often as often as it should be changed. In order for the system to work efficiently it is important that the air filter be changed as often as your model recommends.  See our article on changing your air filter to learn more.

  2. Having the system turned down too low could cost you big bucks at the end of each month. Try setting your thermostat a couple of degrees higher in order to lower your bill. You may even want to install ceiling fans in rooms you use often, so you rely more on them, rather than adjusting the thermostat.

  3. If you don’t have your unit protected outside it could end up costing you more in the long run. Be sure to have your unit protected so that it isn’t damaged or parts are not stolen off of it.  See our article on protecting your ac unit to learn more.

  4. Most people only call out an HVAC professional when there is a problem. But that can end up costing you, too. It’s important to have your system properly maintained over the years, so that issues are addressed as soon as there is a problem.

  5. If you have a system that is older, you are likely spending a lot of extra month each month. Any unit that is a decade old should be replaced by an energy-efficient model. The investment will pay off as it saves you money monthly.

Anyone who has a furnace or air conditioner can stand to save some money each month on their bill, and some may be in a position where it’s crucial to do so. Keeping these things above in mind you can begin to make small changes in order to reduce your monthly bill, while still keeping cool throughout the summer!

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Air Conditioners in Hot Climate

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Air Conditioning Unit in Hot Climates

Air Conditioners in Hot Climate

When you live in Las Vegas, your air conditioning unit is going to get used more than a lot of other cities, simply because the summers are so hot. Of course you won’t want to attempt going through a Las Vegas summer without a properly working air conditioner, but you also likely realize that a replacement unit can be costly. The good news is that there are things you can do to extend the life of your air conditioning unit.

Here are some tips for extending the life of your air conditioning unit during hot summers:

  • Use it less. The more you can give your air conditioner a break from being used the more you make it last. To use it less, consider setting the cooling temperature higher, as well as using ceiling fans in the home.
  • Give the air conditioning unit a shield if it’s sitting in the direct sunlight. You can do this by adding shrubs around it, but you have to be careful to not get them too close or it can have a negative impact on the unit. It’s important to keep the condenser area free and clean so that the unit can work properly
  • Be sure to change the air filter regularly to keep it working properly. Depending on how much you use your air conditioning unit, you will want to change the filter every 1-2 months.
  • Opt for routine air conditioning unit maintenance. By getting a regular tune-up, you will keep the unit working better and for longer. Just like with a car that gets a tune-up, a service technician will come out and inspect your air conditioning unit. By doing this they are able to identify issues that can be addressed before they become bigger and more costly problems.

The average air conditioning unit is going to last around 13-15 years. But if you want to try to extend the life of it you can. Keep these tips above in mind, and by following them you should be able to keep your unit working great and for a longer period of time. Work with an air conditioning service technician in order to see what can be done with your specific unit. The time and money invested in getting tune-ups and routine maintenance will be well worth what it saves you in being able to extend the life of your Las Vegas air conditioning unit.

This video might also be helpful for people who are interested in saving money on their monthly air conditioning bill:

Energy efficient air conditioners

Do You Really Need an “Energy Star” Air Conditioner in Las Vegas?

Anyone who lives in the Las Vegas area knows that when it comes to the summer it’s crucial to have air conditioning. But you also know that it can be downright expensive to run an air conditioner all day long for months on end. The Las Vegas summers may deliver some brutal heat, but you can beat it and keep expenses down if you consider making the switch to an Energy Star air conditioner.  The question is, “Will a more efficient air conditioner save me enough money to justify the purchase?”

Many people have heard of “Energy Star” when it comes to appliances, but they are not sure exactly what it is or what sets an Energy Star air conditioner apart from others. Here are 6 things to know about Energy Star air conditioners:

1. When you see the “Energy Star” name it means the air conditioner has been made following strict standards for saving energy. The guidelines that manufacturers must meet are set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

2. By choosing an Energy Star air conditioner you will use less energy. That alone is going to translate to lower energy bills each month, even during the hot Las Vegas summers.

3. On average, making the switch to an Energy Star air conditioner will save about 15 percent of the energy being used each month. A 15 percent savings on your bill each month will really add up over the year.

4. It’s important to also replace the heating system at the same time that you make the switch to an Energy Star air conditioner. If you don’t do that and the new system is hooked up to an old furnace you will not get the energy savings you are seeking.

5. Any air conditioner that is over 15 years old should be considered for replacement. Once it’s that old it is no longer efficient and it is costing you more per month than you should be paying.

6. If your air conditioner is over 12 years old and you replace it with an Energy Star unit, it is estimated that you will save around 30 percent on your monthly expenses.

Many people feel that replacing their air conditioner for a new Energy Star one is a switch they can’t afford. Yet the truth is that it’s a switch they can’t afford to not make. The savings they will get from making the switch will save them money every month for years to come. That alone is enough to help you get through the Las Vegas summers!

If you think it might be time to replace your air conditioner, this short video might help you decide. If you have any questions please give us a call!

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Saving money by adjusting ac thermostat

7 Tips for Saving Money on Your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer

Saving money by adjusting ac thermostat

If there’s one thing every Las Vegas homeowner would like to do when summer arrives, it’s learn how they can lower their air conditioning bill. In fact, there are quite a few things you can do to help lower that air conditioning bill, even in the hot Las Vegas summers.

Here are 7 tips for saving money on your air conditioning bill this summer:

  1. Whether you are using a room air conditioner or have central air conditioning, it is important to make sure you have the proper size air conditioner. Not using the proper size air conditioner will end up costing you additional money. Speak with an expert in the field to ensure yours is the right size for your home.
  2. Use fans to help keep air conditioning costs lower. Fans will cool the particular room you are in, so that the air conditioner doesn’t have to cool the whole home even though you are spending your time in one room. You can turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees and use fans.
  3. If you are leaving the house for a long time, such as to go to work or on a vacation, turn the thermostat up. No need to waste all the air conditioning when you are not home. When you come back in, don’t crank it way down. Instead, just put it down a few degrees in order to get the house cooled off.
  4. It’s important to make sure you don’t have an old air conditioning unit. If yours is more than 10 years old, you should consider replacing it with a more efficient Energy Star unit. This will save you monthly since they are more efficient.
  5. During the summer opt to use the oven less, which will just heat up the home more. Instead, consider cooking other ways such as with a crock pot.
  6. If you have a room where the sun beats in for hours, be sure to cover it up. Draw the blinds during those days or buy special film to put over them.
  7. Check to ensure that your home has proper caulking and insulation. That way you are not losing the air conditioning right through those sources.

By following these tips you can help lower your monthly air conditioning bill this summer. Not only will it mean you will keep more money in your pocket, but it will also leave you feeling less guilty about going out for frozen yogurt!

Yearly HVAC Check

The Importance Of Yearly AC Checks

Yearly HVAC Check

It can get very hot in Las Vegas and the last thing you want is air conditioner problems. To limit the trouble you have with your HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and cooling) consider the importance of yearly AC checks. It will not take long and the money you spend may be one of your best investments.

When your technician comes to your home for annual service, he will check out your entire system. You might have potential trouble inside of the cooling unit and this could be a breakdown just waiting to happen. Fix these things now and you may enjoy uninterrupted service all summer long.

During routine service, your air conditioning unit is professionally cleaned. Your technician makes sure that the internal parts are clean and that the drain system is free and clear of debris. Dirty coils and clogged drains can make your air conditioning unit freeze up like a block of ice, and you may end up sweltering in the summer heat.

Once your cooling system is clean and running smoothly, it will become more efficient. In fact, a well tuned system uses far less electricity than one that does not receive proper care. This can save you a great deal of money over the hot summer months.

During the hottest part of the day, it can get uncomfortable indoors when a cooling system is not working right. A properly maintained air conditioner will provide you with a more enjoyable indoor environment. This makes life easier for you and your family.

Your Las Vegas HVAC professionals are there to help you keep your air conditioner in top condition. This can greatly extend its life and give you a trouble free summer. Your cooling technician is also there with professional advice on how to cut your energy bills in summer and winter. It only takes a phone call to receive these extremely valuable and affordable, preventative services.

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Is It Worth Spending More For A More Efficient AC Unit?

One of the main drains on everyone’s bank account is their air conditioning and heating utility bill. An increasing number of people are looking to energy efficient options in hopes of lowering their utilities. The question you have to ask yourself: is it worth spending more for a more efficient AC unit?

The efficiency of an air conditioner is rated by an EER, or energy efficiency ratio. The higher your number is, the more efficient it is. Obviously, a higher efficiency AC equates to lower monthly costs. The EER rating on most modern air conditioners is a 10. Units that are from the early 1990’s, or about 15-20 years old, typically get about a 7 for their EER. The EER rating can usually be found in the owner’s manual, or possibly on a sticker on the side of the case. You may also be able to find it on the manufacturer’s website.

If you are thinking of replacing your AC with an Energy Star air conditioner, the average cost for a room AC is $220, whereas the average cost for a central air conditioner is about $3,400 with installation. Of course, there are even higher efficiency units available, and they can range up to $10,000; it all depends on how effective you want your air conditioner to be.

Some people do not want to spend that much money and will opt to do maintenance on older units. This will not save as much energy as a modern one, but cleaning coils, replacing filters, and managing ducts will help to decrease your monthly bills.

If you do decide to replace your unit with a high efficiency one, look to possibly save up to $300 per year depending on your current AC and the one you choose to install. If your current unit is near or over 20 years old, then it is probably well worth the upgrade.

This video provides additional information for deciding when to replace an older AC unit: