Make the Earth and Your Wallet a Little Greener!
Using the EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator, a family of three with an inefficient air conditioning system and a $175/month power bill produces 24,686 lbs of CO2 per year - ouch!
Your heating and cooling unit is probably the single highest energy consuming device in your home. That's why keeping it energy-efficient with preventative maintenance tune-ups leads to immediate and substantial savings, all while helping to save our planet.
For example, using the Chaffee Air Savings Calculator, we estimated that our family of three could reduce their power bill to around $158/month, simply by getting a regular preventative maintenance tune-up. So what did that do to their carbon footprint? As a result, they reduced their CO2 emissions by 2,370 lbs per year, with a reduction of 47,400 lbs of CO2 over the course of 20 years. Wow!
So we've established that an A/C tune-up is good for our planet and our power bill, right? Well, it gets even better. Not only was our family able to reduce their carbon emissions and utility bill, but by implementing a preventative maintenance program, they can expect to dramatically increase the lifespan of their AC system. A neglected system may only last a few short years, whereby a well-maintained unit can last as long as twenty years plus.
One more bonus before we go. Preventative maintenance allows us to find and fix small issues before they turn into costly repairs. There are a host of potentially big problems that can be nipped in the bud by a technician with a trained eye. Correcting issues like worn belts, loose electrical connections or clogged lines, for example, is a great way to avoid costly breakdowns, which ALWAYS seem to happen at the most inconvenient time. Nobody enjoys celebrating the holidays in arctic temperatures or enduring sweltering heat at little Johnny's birthday party.
So, if you're into "green", get on board with a good Preventative Maintenance Program today and save! If you like the article, please share it.