Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 16, 2013
With brutal heat waves hitting southern California this year, many people running their air conditioners around the clock. In fact, heating and air conditioning a home takes a whopping 43% bite from monthly utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
“This time of year homeowners are listening to the sound of their air conditioner running day and night as they visualize their bank accounts draining,” says Jose Garcia, an HVAC contractor with 18 years of experience and owner of Pacific Coast Heating and Air. “However, there are definitely ways homeowners can save energy and reduce their utility bills.”
Here are five tips from Pacific Coast Heating and AC to help San Fernando Valley residents slash their energy bills and stay cool:
1. Change air filters.
Simply changing an air conditioning filter every three months will save energy and money as well as ensure an HVAC system is not overworked and homeowners breathe cleaner air.
2. Get an annual check-up.
An annual tune-up will ensure an air conditioning system is maintained year-round. A professional HVAC contractor can diagnose any inefficiencies before a homeowner wastes money on monthly utility bills. A check-up will also reduce the risk of experiencing common malfunctions during hot summer days when an HVAC system works its hardest.
3. Buy Energy Star
When it's time to replace an air conditioning unit, efficiency matters. According to the Department of Energy, replacing an older room air conditioner with a new unit can cut energy costs in half. When buying a new HVAC system look for a high-energy-efficiency ratio (EER) or an Energy Star qualified unit which will use about 14% less energy than minimum government standards.
4. Use a programmable thermostat.
Using a programmable thermostat wisely year-round can save homeowners up to $150 annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. These thermostats allow homeowners to program thermostats to increase temperatures during the day when the house is empty and at night to help homeowners save money during hot summer months.
5. Plant trees and shrubs to provide shade for outdoor air conditioning units.
Use landscaping to provide shade but still allow air to flow around the HVAC unit. By property shading the unit, an HVAC system can perform up to 10% more efficiently. However, make sure plants and trees are not too close to the unit so a technician can service it when necessary.
Pacific Coast Heating and Air Conditioning offers a variety of services for southern California homes and businesses including air conditioning installation, service, and repairs. For more information about this company call, (818) 888-3968, visit their website at http://www.socalpacificcoast.com .
About Pacific Coast Heating and Air
Pacific Coast Heating and Air has been proudly serving the Los Angeles area since 1995. Their focus on customer service can be seen in the positive reviews the company has received over the years. They are dedicated to meeting their customer’s heating and air conditioning needs while keeping them happy and comfortable. They provide high quality products, installation services at low market price and maintenance. Call today for a free estimate.