Springtime is here, which means that sunshine, swimming pools and air conditioning are right around the corner. Before we can fully embrace the warm-weather festivities, the majority of us will embark upon the age old tradition of spring cleaning. Performing an HVAC checkup is one of the many things that falls onto that laundry list of spring to-do’s, and it’s one of the most important things you can do this season.
Checking the health of your HVAC system will not only remind you to replace any old air filters – it will also let you know whether or not your AC is working properly. But if you find that your air conditioner isn’t operating effectively, don’t rush to pick up the phone book.
Should I Call an AC Repair Company?
Not just yet. It can be expensive to call in a heating and cooling professional, especially when you aren’t sure about what’s causing your cooling problem. Before you pick up the phone, there’s something really important that you should know: your insulation could be at fault. That pink, fluffy stuff inside the walls of your home has a few important jobs to do, including:
- Blocking out allergens: Insulation acts as a barrier, which prevents outdoor allergens from contaminating indoor spaces.
- Protecting against moisture: Proper insulation creates a seal against moisture buildup, which reduces the risks of mold and mildew.
- Keeping your home cool (or warm): Rightly installed insulation keeps your home toasty warm in winter, and icy cold during those long summer months.
Keep in mind that the cost of repairing an air conditioning unit ranges from $60-$1800 in the state of Connecticut. That’s not including any labor costs associated with an HVAC technician’s initial evaluation. That’s a whole lot of money to spend on something that may not address the root problem.
The good news is that the Energize CT program is here to help. Energize CT employs contractors that can help you pinpoint whether insulation is to blame, which means that you don’t have to cut holes in your newly painted walls in order to diagnose the issue. If insulation is the culprit, they’ll even let you know whether you qualify for home insulation rebates to drive down your repair costs.
While you may be tempted to schedule an AC repair straight away, make sure to consider all the factors that can affect your home’s ability to stay cool. A home energy assessment will not only help you with cooling problems, it will also help you to identify which energy inefficiencies are costing you money in your own home.
Savings never goes out of season. So say hello to those new sunglasses, and goodbye to money wasted on your energy bills.Return to Blog