How to Keep Your Austin Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank

August 10, 2015

When it comes to the Austin climate, it can be hard to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to possibly lower that number, it might be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to discuss an upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system.

In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.”

Your savings will vary depending on the age of the air conditioner, but typically, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological improvements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient.

Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners could help reduce your energy bill, but don’t diminish the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also remind us that cleaning and changing air filters can drastically improve the performance of your air conditioner.

Also cited as vital keys to keeping your home cool without costing a lot:

  • Add insulation to your attic
  • Make sure your home is well-sealed
  • Seal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going to the right places
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees Celsius
  • Close vents in rooms that are unoccupied
  • Run a ceiling fan in the room you are in 

Whether you’re wanting to set up air conditioner service or want to find out more about your replacement air conditioner choices, give the experts at Strand Brothers Service Experts a call at or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.

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