EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, offers tips to help area residents prepare for the warm weather and save money on cooling costs this summer.
Ninety-three percent of New Jersey homes have air conditioners and, according to Energy.gov, approximately 5 percent of all electricity produced in the U.S. goes to power air conditioning units. This equates to more than $11 billion in energy costs for U.S. homeowners. There are many tips and products available that can help New Jersey residents beat the heat and battle energy costs.
"Temperatures are finally starting to heat up, and we want to help homeowners stay comfortable this summer and avoid steep increases in their utility bills," said Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of Gold Medal Service. "We also want to make sure homeowners have their AC ready to go when they need it. Now is the best time to schedule your annual air conditioning unit tune-up to ensure fast service and a cool house all summer."
The experts at Gold Medal Service offer New Jersey homeowners these tips to keep cool and keep air conditioning costs in check:
- Schedule an air conditioner tune-up – Proper HVAC maintenance – which includes cleaning coils, fins and air filters – is the best way to ensure that the unit runs efficiently and effectively. Air filters that are clogged or dirty decrease performance and make your unit work harder to cool your home. In fact, keeping filters clean can help lower an air conditioning unit's energy consumption by up to 15 percent.
- Adjust air flow – Ceiling fans are one of the easiest and low-cost ways to cool a room and reduce energy consumption. You can increase your thermostat a few degrees and, with the air flow from the fan, still stay a comfortable temperature.
- Get unconventional with your cooling system – If you live in an older home or one without ductwork, installing a conventional whole-home air conditioning system might not be realistic. That doesn't mean you have to suffer through the dog days of summer. A ductless mini-split air conditioner is a flexible alternative that is mounted to a wall and can cool specific areas of your home. These systems are also more energy efficient because there are no ducts through which cool air can escape.
- Program your way to lower cooling costs – New programmable thermostats are a low-cost way to keep your energy costs from escalating this summer. By setting the thermostat for a higher temperature during times when you're away from home, you won't pay to cool an empty house. By reducing demand on your AC unit, programmable thermostats also help prolong the life of your equipment.
For New Jersey residents who want to prepare for the summer heat and save on cooling costs, an HVAC professional can get make sure AC units are working properly. For more information about HVAC maintenance and other home cooling tips from the BBB A+ rated Gold Medal Service, visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
About Gold Medal Service
Gold Medal Service was founded in by two New Jersey natives in 1994. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then Gold Medal has grown to include more than 170 employees and experts solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit www.goldmedalservice.com.
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