How to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Saving on Air Conditioning


How to Save Money on Air Conditioning


When you buy an AC unit or system, there are many things that you need to consider. The type of air conditioning system, the make and model, the capacity, energy and other considerations make up the factors that influence your choice. However, an important factor is also the cost - both of the initial expense and the continuous energy bills that are directly proportional to the energy use of your system. Therefore, you begin to think of ways on how to save money on air conditioning whether on your initial purchase or on your operating expenditures that include maintenance, servicing, and repair.




As you choose the right air conditioner, a number of questions must be answered to determine your initial expense.


-What size or capacity system do you need? Answering this question give you an idea of the price range of air conditioners for your requirements.


-How often do you need to use your AC? What is the climate where you live? Paying higher upfront costs for the most efficient unit possible (SEER 14 or higher) makes sense in hot climates because the initial investment will be paid back in energy savings over time. It makes less sense in cooler climates.


-What is the current setup of your home? Does it have existing ductwork? What is its condition? Are there any structural changes that must be made to accommodate the new system? This determines how much you have to pay for construction costs.


-What kind of technologies do you need? Would you pay more for the convenience of having digital thermostats or automatic control? Do you want to pay for the upfront cost of an inverter-type AC?


-What is the estimate of your HVAC professional including labor? What are the payment terms?


By answering these questions, you can create an expense matrix with your choices on one axis and the corresponding expenses on the other. Then, you can create and compare pricing plans so that you can choose the right options that suit your needs for the right price.


Save on Initial Costs of AC


Saving on Capital Expense


In addition to carefully determining your requirements so that you can get the right AC system at the right price, you can also check whether a certain AC model that you are eyeing on is subject to rebates or tax credits. That is, to offset the cost of AC appliances, rebates or tax breaks from federal or state agencies can be used. For instance, federal income tax credits are provided for energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR products that are eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy and money and to protect the environment. You can use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories. According to, the following outlines the 2017 Federal Tax Credits:


Tax Credit: 30% of cost with no upper limit

Expires: December 31, 2021

Tax credits for Solar Energy Systems are available at 30% through December 31, 2019.

The credit decreases to 26% for tax year 2020; drops to 22% for tax year 2021 then expires December 31, 2021)

Details: Existing homes and new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify.


Saving on Operating Expenses


There are a number of ways to save on energy bills and maintenance costs while running your air conditioner. We enumerate some of them so that you can start saving on operating your AC system.


Setting the temperature at 78 degrees F - The US Department of Energy recommends an indoor temperature of 78 degrees, which indicates the right balance between consumption and comfort. This temperature is usually the optimal performance level of an air conditioner.


Setting sleep mode at night - Night time does not feel as warm as daytime, obviously, so we do not require the same cooling level during this time compared to the day. If your unit has a sleep mode, use it so that it can shift to low cool during sleep hours.


Using Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - You read that correctly. Not only do CFLs save on lighting costs, they also give off very little heat, thus significantly lowering cooling costs. Compared with incandescent bulbs, which actually generate more heat than light, CFLs are significantly cooler, thus causing less strain on your AC unit.


Using a programmable thermostat - Being able to program the cycles of your AC system can save significantly on energy bills. As a general rule, it has been proven than setting the thermostat by 4 to 6 degree F higher when nobody is home and then setting it back down to about 78 degrees can reduce energy bills by around 5%-20%. This is because AC systems operate most efficiently at full speed during longer periods of time. Therefore, switching it to a lower temperature when you get home will save you more money than cycling the unit on and off while you're away.


Never setting the thermostat to low or very low - The thermostat should always be set to the highest temperature possible, that is, the highest one that you are comfortable with, to save the most money. Setting the thermostat to even one degree lower can significantly increase your energy bills.


Installing the thermostat correctly - the location of the thermostat significantly influences the operation of the AC system. For example, installing in near a window that gets a lot of sunlight and heat can cause the air conditioner to cycle on more often than it needs to because it accepts the wrong reading from the thermostat.


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Let U.S. Mechanical Services help you save on your air conditioning expenses. We can perform a thorough check of your system to determine areas where you can save. Also, if you need help with your first AC purchase, we can also help you save on that. Trust U.S. Mechanical Services for quality air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repair. Get in touch with us today.


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