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Economical AC Habits: Save Energy and Money

April 5, 2021 | Blog

Of course, you want your AC unit to cool your home and keep you comfortable throughout the long, hot summer, but does that mean you have to pay outrageous utility bills every month? Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and crank that AC up, but most of your daily activities can be adapted for money and energy savings.

Barker Heating & Cooling is committed to helping you achieve the efficiency and comfort you desire in your home. That includes informing you of some everyday things you can do to increase your AC efficiency as well as giving you options for a more efficient air conditioning system.

Steps To Increase Your AC Efficiency

The physical AC unit in your home is the main factor that affects how well your air is regulated. Luckily, there are other parts of your home that can be changed temporarily to allow your AC to face less of a struggle – especially in those hot summer months.

Clean Your Air Filters

Dirty air filters can block airflow and transfer dirt and dust to your evaporator coils, causing them to work less efficiently. Cleaning or changing your air filters is an important and easy step to take every few months to ensure your unit is operating properly.

Let Your Fan Work For You

Ceiling fans are not their own source of cool air, but they use a wind chill effect to make your home’s air feel colder than it is. This means that you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher than you’d like your home to feel, and the fans fill in the gap. You lose no comfort and save energy and money on your AC usage.

Set The Thermostat And Leave It Alone

Don’t keep changing your thermostat up and down because you feel it’s not working. Set the thermostat and be patient to allow it to work properly. This is when the use of fans comes in handy as well!

Control The Heat Entering Your Home

Sunlight through your windows can be a huge source of extra heat working against your air conditioner. Consider closing blinds and curtains or installing sun shades on your highest sun exposure windows to help your AC keep the air cool.

Schedule Preventative Maintenance

An AC tune-up in the spring is the best way to prepare your AC unit for the summer heat waves. After a professional has analyzed and tuned your system for maximum efficiency, you will see improvements in the comfort of your home and the efficiency of your unit during the summer months.

Energy-Efficient AC Alternatives

If you have the capacity to invest in higher efficiency systems, it could make a big difference in your energy consumption. New technologies allow for more accurate temperature control, lower energy usage and more adaptable cooling systems.

For example, ductless AC systems save energy by eliminating inefficient duct passageways. They also use zone-cooling technology to cool specific parts of your home as opposed to the entire thing at once. Whole-house temperature zoning could completely change the way you use energy and cause a significant reduction in your utility bills.

Looking For More Efficient AC Practices?

If you have questions about your AC’s efficiency, don’t hesitate to depend on Barker Heating & Cooling. We offer premier Bravos valley AC services to every single one of our customers to make sure they are both comfortable and saving energy. If you’re ready to see higher efficiency in your home, give us a call!

Why Choose Barker's?

You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year.
If we do not have your new system operating by the date promised, we will pay you $500 for your inconvenience.
We guarantee that the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated, or we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Very Professional

Chandler did an excellent job checking out our heat pump. He was very professional, communicated well, was responsive to our questions and I was very happy with everything he did.

Steve M.

Honest and Trustworthy

Our AC went out during a late summer heatwave. Called Barkers and Victor worked very hard to get the outside unit up and running. Two hours later we conceded to the death of a 29 yo unit. Victor notified the office the next morning, and within 24 hours we had a complete new system installed, and the house cooled by the time I got home from work. Highly recommend. Honest and trustworthy.

Susan H.

Very Impressed

We were impressed by this company from the first phone call. Reed was an exceptional young man; very personable and professional. The installation team of Mike, John and Cody did an excellent job. Barker’s is a business with high standards and we are very satisfied with everything about them. So glad we found this company!

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