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If you have noticed that your energy bills are increasing, you’re not alone. Many homeowners across Atlanta, Buford, Snellville, Lawrenceville, Covington, Loganville, GA and the surrounding area are experiencing the same problems, especially during the heat of summer. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to lower your energy bills without sweating through the summer heat. Here are three options.

Make Sure Your Unit Meets Energy Efficiency Standards

Every few years the government updates its energy efficiency standards for HVAC systems. Not only do these standards reduce your unit’s impact on the environment, they also help increase efficiency to lower your energy bills. If your unit is 15-20 years old, it could be time to replace it. Older models are less efficient both because of their age and the standards set at the time. A new model could dramatically lower your bills depending on the performance of the older one.

Schedule an HVAC Tuneup to Get Lower Energy Bills

We recommend scheduling two HVAC Tuneups per year to evaluate the health of your system and fix potential problems. One of our trained technicians will make sure your unit is running as it should and find ways to make it run more efficiently. These checks reduce the pressure on your system because the air is flowing at its best, thus lowering your bills because your system isn’t have to overcompensate for clogs or dust.

Identify Drafts and Air Leaks

Even if you have a modern unit that is performing at its best, you could see higher energy bills if your home has drafts or leaks. Essentially, these drafts push the cool air out while letting the warm air from the outside in. (In the winter, the process is reversed, with cold air leaking into the home.) By finding leaks and adding insulation to these problem areas, you can keep the cool air inside and reduce the stress on your HVAC system.

To learn more about lowering your energy bills or scheduling an HVAC tuneup, contact Zack Hammonds A/C Heating Refrigeration Inc. today or call us at (770) 691-3162.