Carrollton, Texas (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
As temperatures rise in the Carrollton TX area, utility bills and headaches with heating and air-conditioning systems follow suit. First Call Air Conditioning Repair http://carrolltontxac.com/ recommends a few must have upgrades to keep your bills in check and extend the life of your equipment. Each year the company chooses a “breakthrough” item that every homeowner will benefit from. This year’s choice is the smart thermostat.
Summer energy bills are always excessive, but what is a homeowner in Carrollton TX to do when trying to keep the occupants comfortable? Aside from installing a smart thermostat, homeowners can benefit from several other tips.
Clean Furnace Filters
Be sure that clean filters are at the top of the to do list each and every month. Dirty air filters will significantly block airflow and reduce an air conditioning systems efficiency. If a filter becomes blocked, airflow will be diverted around the filter and dirty air will pass directly over the evaporator coil, contaminating it.
Add Attic Insulation
This tip will benefit Carrollton homeowners year-round. Insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs as much as 20% according to the government program, Energy Star. The easiest place to add insulation is in the attic.
Tint Windows, Install Shades and Colonial Shutters
Anything a homeowner can do to keep the heat out is a good start. Blocking the heat gained through windows should be a top priority.
Turn Off Unused Appliances
According to government estimates the average household wastes more than $ 100 a year on plug-in devices that are not being used. It is estimated that gadgets and appliances that are not in use suck up 100,000,000,000 kWh of electricity, costing consumers $ 11 billion a year.
Imagine that it is suppertime and the outside air is 95