A/C Tips

Helpful San Antonio Air Conditioning Tips

It gets really HOT in San Antonio. Anyone who has lived here during the summer months knows this all to well. Air conditioning in San Antonio is a must! Why shouldn’t you be more comfortable? We know how expensive your utility bills can get an annual A/C & heating checkup. That’s why Air Systems is committed to finding the best, most cost-effective solutions to all of your air conditioning needs. Take a look at the tips below to find out how you can keep your equipment operating at its maximum efficiency. These tips will not only save you lots of cash, they will also help keep your equipment operational for years to come.

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Regular Maintenance

Get An Annual AC / Heating Checkup – This is easy

Keep your air conditioning system operating at peak efficiency. This can end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your air conditioning bill. Especially over a long period of time.

Change Your Air Filters

You should change your air conditioner filter every 30 to 90 days, or more often if you have pets. It’s also important to get an air filter that does not restrict the air flow through your ductwork. This might make your furnace and blower run inefficiently.

Check the seals

If you have window or room units, make sure the seals are in good shape. A damaged seal can allow cool air to escape your home and decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency. Windows and doors are always the most susceptible to losing cool air or allowing hot air from the outside to come in.

Home Efficiency

Control Your Thermostat

For every degree you go below 78°, your air conditioner will use about 8% more energy. This could add up to a big difference in your utility bill. Having a good thermostat is important. Ask us about new modern thermostats that not only run more efficiently, but that you can control right from an app on your phone or mobile device.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats automatically adjust how much your air conditioner runs throughout the day. They can even be set to run less when you are not at home. These thermostats allow you to keep certain temperatures during different parts of the day. Perhaps you don’t want to keep your house as cool during the hottest part of the day when most people aren’t home, or maybe you want to change the times the air conditioner runs on the weekends. These types of thermostats make that simple.

Close Blinds and Curtains

This will help keep the heat out and the cool in, reducing the load on your a/c. The blinds, curtains, and shutters can act as an additional layer of insulation for resisting heat and keeping it out, while helping to keep and maintain the cool temperatures inside…

Replacement Test

New A/C vs. Old A/C

Older air conditioners can often cost more to repair than replace. Our technicians can help you make the best decision on what is right for you and your comfort.

Energy Efficiency

Newer AC units are usually more efficient than older models. For air conditioning in San Antonio, look for models that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) number of 14.00 or higher.

Long-Term Costs

Older, less inefficient air conditioners can cost you hundreds of dollars more per year. Literally… We can help you keep more comfortable during the hot months for even less money. Allow us to show you how.

Should I Replace my Air Conditioner?

If your system is over ten years old, you may want to consider a new unit, especially if you have a large home with high heating and cooling load. The annual dollar savings from installing a new system pays for itself in a short time.

Replacing parts in an inefficient air conditioner or heat pump will not always make it efficient! This solution, while often the least costly one up front, leaves you with a running unit that will cost you more every month in utility bills.

For example, if your heat pump or air conditioning system loses capacity or if the compressor fails completely, you may want to move up to a high efficiency heat pump system rather than just replace the old compressor. Often a failed compressor is just the first of many component failures that end up costing you more in the long run.

Finally, consider how many more years you expect to be living in your present home (planning to move soon?) as the overall condition of your unit (is it likely to break down again?) and the number of expected hours of use (are they predicting particularly severe weather this season?) can help you decide to fix or just replace your unit. Planning ahead with the advice of your tech will help you avoid expensive surprises later.