Money Saving Solutions

Money Saving Solutions

In Tampa, temperatures routinely get into the high 80s and 90s in summertime.  Combined with the high humidity levels, these temperatures can spell a lot of discomfort.  No wonder Tampa residents rely so much on their AC systems to keep comfortable.  Unfortunately, keeping cool and comfortable is also costing Tampa residents a small fortune: the typical Floridian will use over 4000 kWh of energy on central air each year! At Anchor Air Conditioning, we know that you don’t have to break the bank to stay cool in Tampa. These simple solutions will save you money on your AC bills.

Replace Filters Regularly

All AC systems will have filters to collect dirt, dust, and other debris.  What a lot of homeowners don’t realize is that AC filters are actually designed to protect the AC system – not improve indoor air quality.    When the AC filters get dirty, then debris gets into the AC system and coats its parts, preventing them from working efficiently.  A clogged or dirty air filter can actually decrease efficiency by 15% or more!  Take the time to understand which air filter you have in place for your AC system.  Different types of AC filters have to be changed more frequently than others, and some are much more efficient at trapping debris. If you are worried about indoor air quality, you should also know that High-Efficiency and HEPA AC filters can actually decrease efficiency. These filters are so effective at trapping debris that they also prevent air flow – which means your system will use much more energy to create the same level of coolness. There are better options for improving indoor air quality. Our Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE) will explain these to you during your service visit.

Your AC System Should Be Tuned Up Every Yearly

Your AC system is a highly complex piece of machinery. Just like other complex machines, it requires regular maintenance to keep running smoothly. Some of the tasks which get done during a routine AC maintenance visit are: oiling moving parts, checking the accuracy of the thermostat, checking refrigerant levels, detecting air duct leaks, tightening connections, cleaning coils, inspecting electrical components, and more. These tasks can go a very long way in improving the efficiency of your AC system. We are so confident in our complete AC maintenance services that we guarantee you will save $79 on your annual utility bills. If not, you will get a complete refund! Regular AC maintenance also means that potential problems can be detected before they cause breakdowns, saving you money on replacement parts and emergency repairs. It is recommended that you have your AC system routinely maintained once yearly, in spring, before the start of the cooling season. If you are using your HVAC system for heating too, then you should also have it tuned up before the heating season.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the most cost-effective things you can do to reduce cooling costs.  Each degree setting on your AC thermostat below 78°F can increase energy consumption by 8%, so you obviously don’t want to have your thermostat set too low when you aren’t even in the home.  Modern programmable thermostats store multiple daily settings and are very easy to set and control.   We can install programmable thermostats in your home and even help you understand how to use it and choose the best temperature settings for your desired comfort levels and energy savings.

Is It Time to Upgrade Your AC System?

Do you know when your AC system was installed?  If it was 10 or more years ago, then your AC system is probably highly inefficient.  AC energy efficiency is rated in SEER.  Today’s AC units have a minimum SEER rating of 13, and there are AC units which have even higher SEER ratings.  According to the Department of Energy, an AC unit with a SEER rating of 13 is 30% more efficient than an older unit with a SEER rating of just 10.    We understand that upgrading or replacing your AC system can be a pricy investment.  However, we also understand that this investment can quickly pay off in substantially lower utility bills.  We help our customers save money on AC upgrades by providing affordable services, making sure they get the right system, and also by helping them get tax credits and rebates for choosing energy-efficient AC units.

Are Your Ducts Sealed?

Don’t underestimate the importance of air ducts to your HVAC system’s efficiency.  The EPA estimates that, in a typical home, 20-30% of air is lost through leaks and holes in the duct system.   As Home Energy Experts, we also know that energy can be lost when ducts are poorly placed – such as when they go through attics and exterior walls of your home. We perform air duct tests to measure the amount of energy being lost.  If substantial losses are detected, then further tests are done to pinpoint the location of losses.  This can be done without having to cut into walls or ceilings to access the ducts.  There are some simple steps which can be taken to immediately reduce losses from air ducts, such as sealing exposed ducts, vents, and registers.   If substantial losses are occurring from damaged interior air ducts, then we can explain the pros and cons of duct repair.

Don’t Miss Out on Tax Credits and Rebates

Did you know that you could get a tax credit of $1,500 on qualifying AC systems?  Remember, a tax credit is not the same as a tax deduction.  With a tax credit, you will get cash in your pocket.  We have studied the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and guarantee in writing that any equipment we say qualifies actually does. We will provide you with full documentation so that you can easily obtain your tax credit.