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How Can I Reduce Energy Usage for My Air Conditioning?

In Denton, TX, air conditioning makes the hot, sultry summers bearable. It also makes energy bills soar as people spend more and more to keep their homes cool and comfortable. It doesn’t have to be that way. Besides common-sense notions like raising the thermostat levels by a few degrees and turning off your air conditioning unit when you aren’t home, you can take simple steps to reduce energy usage when using your air conditioning system. This can not only help to lower those monthly bills, but can extend the life of your system.

  • Maintenance. A regular maintenance schedule with a qualified air conditioning technician can improve the overall efficiency of your unit. Worn-out parts can be replaced, dust and other contaminants can be cleaned up, and leaks can be sealed, allowing your AC to function at its full capacity.
  • Signs of problems. Learn to spot early signs of problems with your air conditioning. A number of larger problems start out fairly small, but drain energy from your unit regardless. Keep an eye out for water leaks, ice on your evaporator coils, twigs and leaves building up around the unit’s vents, strange noises, or a unit struggling to keep your household cool.
  • Consider a zone control system installation. A zoned air conditioning system divides your household into different zones, which can be adjusted to different temperatures as you see fit.  This lets you cool just one or two rooms instead of your whole house, cutting down on energy use.
  • Buying a more efficient air conditioning system. A new air conditioning unit may constitute a big up-front cost, but if your current AC is old and inefficient, it could save you in monthly bills. Look for a unit with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, preferably one with an EnergyStar sticker.

If you have questions concerning reduced energy use when running your air conditioning system, or you want to schedule maintenance or an installation, call the experts at PRK Services, Inc. We serve homes throughout Denton and nearby communities, and can provide sound advice on the best way to reduce the cost of those energy bills. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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