When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
If you live in a hot climate, AC is more than a luxury, it is a lifesaver. Just because you have to keep your home cool does not mean that you need to spend a disproportionate amount of your budget to do so. If you follow a few simple steps, you can decrease your AC costs, and free up some money to buy or do what you love.
Add Low-E Film to Your Windows
One challenge that your AC unit has to face is that the UV rays of the sun can pass right through your windows and heat up the interior surfaces of your home. As your home heats up, your cooling system has to work harder to cool it down. Applying a sheet of low-e film to your windows will filter out the sun's UV rays before they have a chance to heat up your house. Thus, the film will help to decrease your cooling costs by up to 23%. While it will cost you to buy window film for your home, you will not pay as much as it would to replace your windows, and you get a lot of benefit for the money you spend.
Use a White Roof
Dark colored roofs will absorb more heat from the sun than other roofs. While you might think that this is not an issue, the problem is that the hotter roof your gets, the more heat it allows to leak into your home. If you want to decrease what you pay to keep your home cool, you should consider using a light-colored roof. A white roof will decrease your costs by up to 20%. While installing a new roof will cost more money than applying window film to your windows, it will be worth the cost.
Clean Your Condenser Unit
On the outside of your home, you will have a set of condenser coils that can get clogged with all kinds of debris. Dirty coils can decrease your AC efficiency by up to 30%. You can easily clean your coils with a little bit of coil cleaner. Just make sure you let the coil cleaner sit for a few minutes before you start to scrub it off.
The more you can do to keep your system running efficiently, the more money you stand to save. While you might have to spend a little money to get your AC costs down, it will be money well spent. Contact an AC contractor like Century Heating & Air Conditioning Services for more information.