~ Hi there Tigard, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro and all our west-side customers ~
It is officially spring – so if you are like me that means SUMMER the most important season is right around the corner. I can tell by the fact our grass is growing, the kids are tracking in dirt and some afternoons it almost feels like it is ready for the AC to be turned on.
According to Michael Bluejay, an expert on home electricity use, “air conditioning uses more electricity than anything else — 16% of total electricity used. In warmer regions AC can be 60-70% of your summer electric bill.”
This is a very important fact if you are a like me I am in super saving mode right now so if I can save a few bucks I am going to do it!
So, the need to make equipment and home as efficient as possible is obvious to all who value their hard-earned cash. Saving even a modest 10% on a conservative $1,200 annual bill means $120 in your pocket instead of the utility company’s. (sorry PGE)
Cost of neglecting maintenance
Since AC can be such a major portion of your bill during the summer months, you can’t afford to neglect regular tune ups. For each year of routine maintenance you skip, your air conditioner loses about 5% of its efficiency. This means even an efficient Energy Star-rated unit will soon become an energy glutton without attention.
Other social and environmental costs of poor maintenance range from requiring power producers to generate more electricity (which often contributes to more green house gases and the need to build additional power stations) to creating more demand that invariably raises the cost of fuel, such as oil and natural gas, used to power many electricity generating plants.
I know that not all of you are completely in the “Green Spirit” of things, but if you can save 10% a month just by calling us and having a routine maintenance check done isn’t it worth it??? That’s a night out to dinner a month!
I hope this information is helpful to you….. we are all on this earth together and part of what makes Comfort Zone Heating & AC standout from everyone else is that we have integrity and do what we can to give back to our community.