EDISON, NJ — As the hottest and most humid days of the summer draw near, Edison Heating & Cooling is offering residents some tips to stay cool while reducing the strain on both their air conditioning units and their wallets.
“With the warm weather comes the need to pump up the A/C, but there are a few things homeowners can do to help keep their homes cool and not over-work their units and their budgets,” said Mike Iarrapino, owner of the Edison-based HVAC company.
Iarrapino added that following some simple tips can help ensure that "energy usage doesn’t climb with the temperature."
For those with fairly new units, Iarrapino said that regular maintenance is important, stating that ensuring the filter and coil are clean and that there is adequate refrigerant will make the unit last longer and run more efficiently.
“A properly maintained air conditioner uses less energy while a system that is not running properly will have reduced capacity and use more energy,” he said. “Routine maintenance will, in the end, cost less and prolong the life of your equipment.”
According to Iarrapino, anyone who has a system older than 15 years should have it checked and replaced, if necessary, before it breaks down.
“You don't want to be in the position when, on a 95 degree day their system decides to stop working,” he said, adding that upgrading to a high-efficiency unit will help homeowners keep cool without overspending on energy.
Other tips that Iarrapino said will help residents keep cool and save on energy include utilizing fans, especially in the early morning or evening hours; closing curtains and blinds to block out the sun and direct heat from hitting the home; and raising the temperature on the thermostat by one degree, particularly at night.
“You might be comfortable at 70 degrees, but your body won’t notice if it’s 71 degrees instead," he said. "Over the long term, this small change can help save on energy, especially if you raise the temperature by a couple more degrees.
"As with heating, you can reduce the energy consumption at night by lowering the demand for cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to set this and forget it while reaping the benefits.”
Edison Heating and Cooling is currently running a variety of promotions, and there are thousands of dollars in potential state and manufacturer rebates and incentives out as well. CLICK HERE to view the current promotions listed on the company’s website.
“If you need help upgrading your system, give us a call, and we can help keep you cool and save on energy this summer,” said Iarrapino.
Edison Heating and Cooling is headquartered at 191 Vineyard Road in Edison. Financing options and access to 24-hour emergency service is available throughout the year.
Non-emergency hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.edisonhvac.com or call (732) 372-7161.
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