- Upgrade to a high-efficiency air conditioner – Swapping your old, inefficient air conditioning system for a high-efficient one can cut electricity bills by one-third. Consult one of our professional technicians to ensure your system is the right size for your home, and you aren’t over- or under-cooling for your space needs.
- Turn up the temperature – To save electricity during the summer, set the temperature above 75° as every degree below this will add an extra three to five percent to your energy bill.
- Install ceiling fans – Change the direction of airflow on your ceiling fans. In the summer, the blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction as a way of creating a nice, gentle wind.
- Have an annual maintenance performed – Having an annual maintenance performed on your air conditioner by a licensed technician will help ensure it operates at its peak efficiency and catches any potential breakdowns before they occur.
- Don’t block vents in well-used rooms – Keep your supply and return air vents free of objects like blinds, carpets or furniture so your air conditioner can operate efficiently and there is even cool air distribution.
What is the best brand of furnace or AC to purchase?
Consumer Reports say each brand offers an array of similar key features. But they say the most important steps in selecting HVAC equipment is to ensure the unit’s specifications fit your needs, is sized properly, and that is bought from a contractor who installs it well, and it is adequately maintained. You can buy the highest quality equipment, but installed poorly means it isn’t high quality anymore!
How much does a new HVAC system cost?
In the Colorado Springs area, a full system furnace and AC heating and cooling installed and ready to turn on can start at around $6500, and the price goes up from there depending on a number of factors. (including the size of your home)
But Buyer Beware
You may have found websites and Ads that claim it costs $4000-5000 to purchase a new full system (furnace and AC) professionally installed….with rebates, cash back, or even a free furnace with an AC purchase! As you can imagine, that price is not only the cheapest, probably the least efficient unit on the market, more than likely not true. But more importantly I don’t know a contractor worth allowing into your home who would charge that little for labor. Proceed with caution.
Always remember a furnace is a controlled flame in your basement that we feed natural gas to…..safety first! Then also remember you are purchasing the integrity of the contractor, not just the equipment.