May is National Financial Awareness Month. As for managing a Madison County's home energy savings, several approaches merge finances and your home's energy savings. In observance of National Financial Awareness month, Hoffmann Brothers, a licensed air conditioning contractor serving the communities of Madison County, prescribes these home savings and financing strategies.
Air Conditioning Preventative Maintenance
Airborne contaminants, dust, and other particles settle on the air conditioning unit year round. Specifically when the unit is dormant from November to May, this accumulation of dirt multiplies. Higher energy bills and inept cooling performance are natural when Madison County households forego AC preventative maintenance. For any system, this grime hinders the cooling systems' performance.
"The parts of an air conditioner call for a yearly check up. Moreover, a cleaned air conditioner means clean indoor air quality and manageable summer utility bills," informs a technician of the Madison County air conditioning company.
Reduce annual Madison County home energy costs up to 15% with a programmable thermostat. When the home is vacant, decreasing the home's standard cooling setting by 5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit complements energy savings. Remember to close window dressings to block out the sun's heat. Also, close room doors to lock in coolness.
According to Act One Energy, EnergyStar qualified appliances increase a home's resale value. In Madison County, Illinois, Act One Energy offers a rebate for air conditioning systems with a minimum of 14 to 16 and greater SEERs.
On the financial side of a programmable thermostat, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsor the EnergyStar Program. Until December 31, 2013, U.S. tax payers qualify for the Energy Tax Credit with the purchase of any EnergyStar-qualified programmable thermostat.
Air Conditioning Unit Replacement
Today's air conditioning systems are 90% more efficient than models manufactured prior to 2000. Madison County households stretch property expenses by replacing AC units more than 12 years old. The reason is simple. From now until the end of the year, investment in EnergyStar-certified air conditioning systems qualify for a 10% tax credit.
Regular AC Air Filter Changes
When dust and other household debris become entrapped in the home's air conditioning system, these elements block the unit's ability to cool efficiently. Change air filters every 30 days or according to the manufacturer's recommendations. This also extends the life of the air conditioner.
Call Madison County's, AC specialist: http://www.hoffmannbros.com/madison-county.html