Did you know that only 42 percent of U.S. homes use an HVAC service annually for regular maintenance?
That means more than half of the households nationwide could have an at-risk air conditioning unit, poor air quality in their home (which negatively affects their health), and high energy bills. Don’t believe us? Here’s a list of Warner Service’s most shocking air conditioning facts:
- Fact: According to the University of Cambridge, air-conditioned buildings use roughly twice as much energy as naturally-ventilated ones that open windows or use renewable energy.
How to help: Check out these 15 tricks to keeping cool without central air conditioning, or be smart about opening your windows.
- Fact: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the annual cost of air conditioning is more than $22 billion to homeowners nationwide.
How to help: To keep your energy bill low, call an expert for seasonal check-ups to verify that your A/C unit is running efficiently. Before the HVAC professional arrives, read up on some HVAC tips to save money and the environment.
- Fact: According to Good Housekeeping, air conditioning costs an average of about $1,940 annually per household.
How to help: Homeowners can lower that energy cost by following a few of our favorite tips, from checking the insulation to readjusting the lighting in your home.
- Fact: According to a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants (IAPs) are ranked as a top five environmental risk to public health. IAPs include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, mold, pollen, pet dander, radon, and more.
How to help: Since IAPs can cause asthma, dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, and nausea (and more serious problems like asthma, lung infections, and lung cancer), it’s important to keep your air filter clean.
- Fact: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, only 60 percent of homes in the Northeast, including Maryland, that have central air conditioning use a programmable thermostat.
How to help: If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat yet, it’s best to invest in one as soon as possible. These easy-to-read appliances are safer for your home, and they save you money without compromising comfort.
Your wallet doesn't have to take a beating when it comes to cooling your home. Instead of running the air conditioning all day, install a programmable thermostat or open the windows. Instead of suffering through another allergy season, clean your home's air filter.
If you'd like a professional's opinion on your air conditioning unit, call Warner Service. We'd be happy to help.