July 30, 2013

The summer heat is really here to stay, which means you might notice an increase in your energy bill. That's because you're cranking up the air conditioning to keep home temperatures comfortable.

At Fred F. Collis & Sons, we feel your pain and want to help you save on your bills, while saving the environment at the same time. That's why we're giving you some guidance in maximizing the effectiveness of your AC unit. It doesn’t matter if you have ductless or central air systems. There are plenty of things you can do to make sure the AC is running to the max, without having to set it to the max.

Make sure your equipment has the ENERGY STAR seal of approval.

The first step is making sure you have an ENERGY STAR rated air conditioner -- that way you know your equipment is running to peak energy efficiency. If you have an old, pre-ENERGY STAR model you not only don’t have the efficiency rating but also may not have the safest AC running.

Choose maintenance to make the most of your system.

That leads us to the second most important factor: regular maintenance. Have your Fred F. Collis & Sons professional take a look at your AC before you fire it up in the spring. There’s really no such thing as expensive maintenance, because it all pays for itself in the long run whether you extend the life of the product, make it run more efficiently, or remove a faulty and potentially life-threatening unit from your home.

Ensure your AC is sized properly for your home.

Make sure you have the correct size air conditioner for the area it is to be used. Oversized units don’t really help you in making the room cooler faster. In fact, they can waste energy and supersize your energy bills.

Keep windows closed (or open) to maximize cooling.

Keep the heat out during the day by closing the windows and shades where the sun shines in. Additionally, open the windows if it cools off enough at night. That gives you free climate control. Close off sections of the home that you won’t be using while the air conditioner is running. That way, the cool air only goes to where you need it and you won’t waste the energy cooling unnecessary areas. Need more expert advice? That’s why your friends at Fred F. Collis & Sons are here. We’ll give you all the information you need to make sure your air conditioning is running the way it should be, or give you the best options in new air conditioners that fit your personal needs. Fred F. Collis & Sons is located at 5092 Commercial Drive in Yorkville, N.Y. and open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Give us a call today at (315) 768-2323 or fax (315) 768-4825.

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