In the midst of this summer’s most brutal heat wave, many Pittsburgh homeowners are cranking up the AC and buckling down to endure the swelter outside.
But is your home cooling system up to the challenge of battling 90+ degree temperatures around the clock?
Some people are learning the hard way that the answer is no.
Older air conditioners, and even some newer ones that are not properly maintained and serviced, can be prone to failure when you need them most. Even if your AC does keep working, proper maintenance still pays off in energy savings. A poorly maintained system is also a less-than-efficient system, kind of the way a car with a dirty carburetor gets bad gas mileage.
At this point in the year, with temperatures nearing the triple-digit mark, the concepts of saving money and being energy efficient often become an afterthought. Staying cool is the top priority, at least until the next electric bill arrives.
But you can save time, money, and severe inconvenience by simply getting your air conditioner inspected by a trained professional.
In fact, the U.S. government recommends a tune-up as a front-line means of countering a heat waves and high costs.
And if you’re in the market for a new system, now is the time to buy. The federal government is offering tax credits on certain Energy Star-rated cooling systems until the end of the year.