This is the time of year when most Arkansans open the electric bill with fear. Staying comfortable in the summer is expensive, and there seems to be no end in sight. Sure, you could save a few bucks if you set your thermostat at a higher temperature, but do you really want to sacrifice your comfort?
What if we told you that there are ways to save money that don’t involve turning your home into a sauna? Our team of heating and cooling specialists at DASH can help you find many ways to lower your electric bill, and we’re standing by to schedule a free, onsite energy efficiency evaluation. Here are some of the most common ways that people get relief from energy costs during the summer:
Routine maintenance-Air filters should be changed quarterly throughout the year, and monthly during the summer. Check your duct work for any holes or separations, particularly where the ducts are split off. Clear away foliage or debris from your outside unit, and visually inspect all indoor vents for blockage. And make sure that floor vents aren’t covered by rugs or furniture.
Installing a programmable thermostat-A programmable thermostat is a great way to save money by raising the household temperature during off-peak hours, and lowering it just before you wake up or get home from work. And many of the thermostats also offer Wi-Fi access, so you can make adjustments at any time from your computer or smart phone.
Investing in a new unit-Most heating and air units have an operational life expectancy of 10 to 15 years, and if your unit is older than that, you may be living on borrowed time. And one of the harsh realities is that when a unit approaches the end of its lifespan, its energy efficiency probably isn’t what it used to be. It may seem extreme to replace a unit that still appears to be functional, but you can often see significant energy savings right away.
Energy costs are always highest in the summer, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to soften the impact. DASH Service is waiting for your call, and your satisfaction is guaranteed on all installation and service. Click here to get started, or give us a call at (501) 224-3274.