probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, the fact
is that we are facing a potential energy crisis in our lifetimes. Fossil
fuels are destroying the planet, and there's no doubt that America's
overuse of them in the production of cold homes is in no small part to
blame. Does this mean you should forego a good air conditioner in favor
of fans? Not at all (although choosing one over the other when possible
can make a difference). It means you need to be smart and educated when
it comes to your system. A tweak here and a tweak there can not only
make a difference when it comes to your immediate environment and energy
use, it can take a big chunk out of your electric bill.
Let it not be overlooked that the AC installation industry is
responsible for some of the biggest leaps forward when it comes to more
energy efficient technology. Whether they did this to attract customers
with lower prices or to clean up the air is irrelevant. The fact remains
that cities are, by and large, much cleaner today thanks in part to
their efforts. You don't hear a lot about these innovations, as we still
have so far to go when it comes to cleaning up our air. But much of
that pollution is coming from other industries-most notably
transportation. The home air conditioning system is a cool, efficient
machine, and it is a credit to the industry that the technology went
forward in so many ways.
So we know the industry is doing what it can to lower energy usage and
reduce emissions. What can you, as a homeowner, do? One of the best
things is to have your AC installation company come out once a year and
do a full tune up on your system. Studies have shown that a person's air
conditioning unit loses a certain percentage of efficiency every year
if left to work in a vacuum. This drives up costs, if nothing else. A
tune up is economically sound and will help keep your monthly bill low.
Not only that, but if you have a professional on site looking at your
equipment every year, you're much less likely to run into a catastrophic
failure when you need your air conditioner to work.
Of course, your best efforts can be seen when it's time for the AC
installation itself. Today, there are a number of choices on the market
that can be labeled "energy efficient". By looking for appliances with
the Energy Star label, you can be sure you are getting the best of the
best in this respect. Your bills will be lower, you'll be helping the
environment , and you may even qualify for tax incentives from the
government. What other choice could you possibly make?
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