New Orleans, Louisiana, serves up warm temperatures almost year-round. With average highs already nearing 80 in April, and staying at 80 or higher till October, it’s important to keep your air conditioner in prime shape. If your energy bills seem high this year, ask yourself these questions to see if you’re overpaying. With the right services and adjustments, you may find that you can get the same comfort for less.

Are Your Ducts Leaking?

Leaky ducts are responsible for air loss between 20 and 30 percent in the average home. Inefficient ducts can lead to high energy bills throughout the cooling season. You’ll find that you’re paying for air conditioning that leaks out into your attic or other areas before ever entering the home. Inspect your ducts and have them sealed and insulated to combat this problem.

Is Your System Maintained?

Annual maintenance is a key part of keeping your air conditioning costs low. You should schedule an air conditioner tune-up early in the spring, before that cool air becomes essential to your everyday comfort. During your maintenance visit, our technicians will thoroughly inspect the system to make sure there aren’t any signs of pending trouble, such as worn parts or a poorly calibrated thermostat. Regular maintenance will help keep your cooling costs low throughout the season.

Do You Have Dirty Filters?

You should check your HVAC air filters once a month to make sure they’re not dusty or clogged. Change this filter at least once every three months, and sooner if it’s visibly dirty. If air can’t flow freely through the filter, your air conditioner will have to work harder to pull air through the system. This causes your energy costs to skyrocket, even as your comfort is likely suffering. Keep your air filter clean for affordable cooling.

If you’re overdue for AC maintenance, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment. Call Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071 to schedule your annual maintenance visit and get those cooling costs as low as possible.

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