Keep Your London Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank Published on August 10, 2015 When it comes to the London climate, it can be hard to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the ordinary homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to potentially lower that number, it may be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to talk about upgrading 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 be dependent on the age of the air conditioner, but typically, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological innovations made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient. Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners may help take a chunk out of your heating and cooling costs, but don’t lessen 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 mentioned as vital keys to keeping your home cool without costing a lot:Add insulation to your atticMake sure your home is well-sealedSeal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going where it’s supposed toSet your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees CelsiusClose vents in rooms that are unoccupiedRun a ceiling fan in the area you are in Whether you’re wanting to set up air conditioner service or want to find out more about your replacement air conditioner options, give the experts at Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 226-270-1164 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.