Studio City Air Conditioning – Eco-Friendly
Studio City is home to some of the top environmental activists in Los Angeles. If you live within the borders of this approximately seven square mile community, you know how unbearably hot Studio City can get in the summer months. How do residents of this environmentally friendly neighborhood keep their homes cool and still maintain their green status? The answer is much more accessible than you think.
Energy Star Air Conditioners
in Studio City air conditioning is a necessity. The important thing to do is to make sure the air conditioner you purchase is as eco-friendly as possible. What does an eco-friendly air conditioner look like? Most importantly it has a sticker on that designates it Energy Star certified. Energy Star certification guarantees you that the air conditioner uses at least 10% less energy than conventional air conditioners and often means that the air conditioner in question includes a timer for more efficient use.
The good news for your finances is that eco friendly HVAC units can save you up to 60% on your energy usage. The new home air conditioners use environmentally friendly freon called R-410A which is nicer to the ozone than the old R-22 freon.
We take care to install your air conditioner out of sunlight whenever possible. A cooler air conditioning unit saves energy and minimizes breakdowns.
But if you want to know the biggest secret to keeping your air conditioning running efficiently while keeping your environment healthy and comfortable, it’s proper maintenance. We suggest our Studio City customers replace disposable filters or hose down permanent filters once a month during the cooling season. Clean the outside condenser coil at the beginning and at the end of the air conditioning season. Spray the coils with diluted environmentally friendly detergent, and then hose them down.
If you want Kilowatt to take care of these tasks for you we will happily get you set up with an affordable scheduled maintenance program. At the very least it’s an absolute necessity for Studio City residents to have their entire air conditioning system checked yearly by a qualified air conditioning contractor.
Can changing air filters really make that big a difference? Yes! A clogged or dirty air filter reduces airflow to the heating or air conditioning unit, causing it to work harder and use more energy. Change your filters, clean vents and close unused vents. Just these simple things will save you up to 5% in heating and cooling costs.
Regular maintenance also means savings on AC repair costs.
Turning your thermostat up a couple of degrees in the summer and down a few in the winter is surprisingly effective. Every degree saves approximately 3% in energy costs.
If your home is empty during the day one of the most cost effective things our Studio City customers have done is to install a programmable thermostat. Avoid heating and cooling your home when no one is there, and have the correct temperature waiting for you when you get home. It’s that simple. These thermostats reduce energy use and can save you plenty in energy costs each year.
Make sure windows and doors are sealed. Again, this will dramatically improve your household efficiency. Sealing air leaks and adding insulation can reduce your annual bill by 10%.
Gratefully, Studio City provides plenty of days when the weather is just perfect. Turn off the air or heat and open the windows. Use fans whenever possible. In Studio City central air conditioning costs an average of 58 cents per hour to operate. In contrast, a fan (ceiling or portable) cost only 1 cent per hour to operate. That’s a savings of 57 cents per hour on those days when your central air conditioning is not needed. We install ceiling fans as well if needed.