Spring is a Week Away, but the Heat is Already Here

Have you “felt the heat” recently? In 2017 Spring Equinox starts on Monday, March 20, bringing with it rising energy bills for air conditioning and home comfort.

You can save money, reduce energy usage and be ready for summer when the heat really hits us by installing or upgrading to high-efficiency rated heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and going solar to power it all.

Depending on factors like the age of your current system, lifestyle, etc., you could cut your monthly energy bill in half.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are available for purchases made in 2017. ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories. Click Here for more details.

Solar Energy in California

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30% federal tax credit for solar installations on both residential and commercial properties, reducing the tax liability for individuals or businesses that purchase qualifying solar energy technologies.

In addition to the federal ITC, California also has state and municipal incentives that can be seen via the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). We can provide most up-to-date information on solar incentives when you schedule a FREE estimate with us. Click Here for links with more information.

More Ideas for Savings

Most importantly, you should practice preventative maintenance on your systems, new or old, for optimal performance.

We recommend getting a tune-up before the summer to make sure everything is in proper working order. Like an oil change on a car, you really should do it to help make sure that the engine won’t break down.

Check the air filter often for dirt, pet hair, grass and other debris. Shutting the system off when mowing the lawn can help prevent clogging, and will help those who have allergies in your home.

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End of Summer AC Maintenance Could Help You Save Money Next Spring

If you keep waiting until the A/C stops working, then the repair costs are going to be much greater than catching the problem during maintenance. The technician can find problems that are brewing, and stop them before your system completely shuts down.

An example of this is a leaking compressor. If left unattended, the compressor will eventually go out. When it does, it can cost $1,000 or more to replace. These parts are typically not covered under warranty unless the system is brand new.

A fan motor that is on its way out could also be a preventable, costly repair. Usually, when a technician services an air conditioning unit, they can detect problems with parts that are starting to break down.

Air Conditioner Maintenance Steps

One of the biggest energy users, as you know, is heating and cooling. Following are 4 simple maintenance steps to help you get the most out of your central air conditioning system and keep it operating at its best:

Step One:

Make sure to clean and/or change the air filter in your central air system every month in the summer. You should routinely check for clogs or dirt in your filter. A clogged and dirty filter causes your unit to work harder, thus drawing more electric. Refer to your owner’s manual for the actual suggested maintenance and replacement schedules, and follow all instructions for your specific model (and remember the biggest safety rule when working on any electrical device is to turn off the power before servicing).

Step Two:

Make an appointment to have an HVAC mechanic go over and tune up your AC unit once a year. You can do this at the end of winter or early spring. All parts will be properly checked to be sure the unit is running in good working order. If your unit needs repairs, have them done immediately. Do not ignore them. Having all the parts in working order will ensure that your unit is working efficiently.

Step Three:

The world is a dirty place. Dirt will build up around your unit and its parts. If you vacuum the unit, vents, and ducts, it will make it easier to pull the air through the system. The vents are simple to clean. Just vacuum them when you clean your home. This will also help you to notice if you have any holes or leaks that need to be repaired. If you do not want to do this yourself, you can hire a cleaning service to help you. This will help the unit to work more efficiently as well, helping to save your electric draw.

Step Four:

Finally, sometimes in order to save the most on your electric and to maintain your unit, the unit should be replaced. Every twelve years, you should consider investing in a new unit, one with a higher star central air conditioning system. The higher efficiency central air systems are easier to maintain and can save up to 30% of your electric.

If you need a tune-up or have a maintenance issue, call the experts at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ll get you back up and running in no time.