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4 Reasons To Invest In An HVAC Safety Inspection

Taking a step to invest in a HVAC safety inspection proactively can be something your future self will thank you for. In our line of work, most people tend to be reactive, only calling us when things go wrong, leaving the whole family in very uncomfortable situations. Our experience leads us to share with you the reasons you should invest in an HVAC safety inspection.

1. Extend the life of your unit

Without regular maintenance, your unit could come under a lot of stress leading to normal wear and tear. By catching the problem early, we can help replace parts before they impact other areas of your unit, causing further damage. One common issue we see is refrigerant leaks. If your refrigerant levels are low, your A/C will not operate as it should. This can be caused by corrosion of the coils, loose fittings, or holes in the refrigerant pipes. All of which, if caught early, can keep your unit from further damage.

2. Improve Air Quality

Improper air filter maintenance is one of the leading causes of HVAC issues. It’s imperative to replace your air filter is it’s a critical component of keeping the air quality in your home free of dust, dirt, and other contaminants. At Thermacon, our team will make sure to check your filter and replace it if necessary to ensure contaminants are kept at bay.

3. Keep Air Circulating Inside Your Home

Regular inspections, cleaning, and upkeep of your HVAC unit can prevent any type of obstruction from affecting clean air from circulating inside your home. A contaminated air duct system can leave you and your family in an uncomfortable situation.

4. Prevent Costly Repairs

You may not realize, but your HVAC unit may already be running on borrowed time trying to overcompensate for rusty, damaged, or dripping parts. It’s better to inspect these parts early on and replace them rather than be caught with the increased cost of unexpected repairs. For example, a dirty coil can lead to decreased efficiency issues by a significant amount, but with regular maintenance, an HVAC expert can make sure the coils are cleaned and operating efficiently.

 

Ready to schedule your HVAC safety inspection?

When you schedule an HVAC safety inspection with Thermacon, our qualified technicians will check the following:

  • Thermostat test
  • Check air filters
  • Evaluate proper airflow
  • Inspect HVAC unit
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check heater/furnace, gas connections, and drip pans
  • Inspect blow motor, drain line, and coils
  • Check safety equipment and surge protectors
  • Look for any pest infestations
  • A thorough report of our findings

Learn more about our HVAC maintenance plans HERE.

For further information about our HVAC safety inspection, please feel free to give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Make Fall Less Scary With An HVAC Check-Up

Everywhere we look, signs of autumn appear. As we start to see pumpkin patches pop up and fall festivals in full swing, families everywhere begin preparing for cooler weather. Because we know turning on your heater for the first time in months can be a little nerve-racking, we want to remind you to make fall less scary with an HVAC check-up.

Haunting HVAC Unit

You’re not the only one that has been on summer vacation. Your furnace has taken a break all season long as well. As the weather cools and you start up your furnace, you may experience a ghastly smell of burning dust. This is a common issue as dust and dirt have settled during the spring and summer months. During a fall service call, our technicians will inspect your furnace and clear away the dust and dirt inside your heater to eliminate that dreaded burning smell. We’ll also check to make sure no furry friends have nested in your HVAC unit. Talk about scary!

Ghastly Gas Furnaces

If you have a gas furnace, they are indeed very reliable. However, the igniters and gas burners add an extra layer of complexity, especially when sitting idle for long periods of time. Avoid the anxiety of a first-time startup by having our professionals check it in advance and safely turn it on.

Terrifying Thermostat

Traditional thermostats can run worry-free for years, but if you’d like a more efficient way of using your HVAC system, consider a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be more efficient, save you money, and make it easier to manage settings. Our techs can help you select the best option for you that fits your needs and budget.

Don’t Horrify Holiday Guests

Scheduling an HVAC check-up in October or early November can ensure a comfortable experience for you, your family, and any guests that stay in your home during the busy holiday months. You’ll want to spend time enjoying the festivities and less time worrying about your HVAC system underperforming.

 

To set up your fall HVAC check-up, please feel free to give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Common Energy Saving Myths Busted

As we approach the last dog days of summer, you may be tempted to consider energy-saving techniques to reduce your A/C bill. After all, if you’re not careful, those bloated bills can make you break even more of a sweat. So, what energy-saving methods really work, and which ones are full of hot air? We’re here to bust some of the common myths about how to save money during peak seasons.

Turn Your A/C Off When You’re Not Home

You may think that turning off you’re A/C is the best course of action when you’re not at home, but that’s not entirely accurate. Turning off your A/C allows your house to get hot. Your system will have to work overtime to cool it once you arrive home, costing you more money than you think. The best solution for this problem is a smart thermostat so your system can gradually cool your home before you get there.

Close Your Vents To Unused Rooms

It may seem logical to close off vents to less frequently used rooms, but this can be a bad idea. The reason is that closing off vents to these rooms will increase the air pressure in your system, which makes it work harder and use more energy. This rule applies during hot summer months as well as cooler winter months.

Use Ceiling Fans To Cool Rooms

One common misunderstanding is that ceiling fans cool rooms. It may seem like a ceiling fan would cool down a hot room because it circulates the air, but fans cool you, not the space around you. To effectively cool a room, lower your thermostat so that cooler air is dispersed. Then, engage your ceiling fan to help circulate the cooler air throughout the room.

Setting Your Thermostat Lower Will Cool Your Home Faster

Most HVAC units use a single-speed air handler which means when your system engages in cooling your home, the air will move and cool at the same speed. Setting your temperature to a lower speed causes your system to work harder to reach that lower than normal temperature.

BONUS: Space Heaters Are More Efficient Than Whole-House Heating

Most people invest in space heaters, thinking it’ll help them save a little money during the winter months. The fact of the matter is, space heaters can use just as much energy to heat the one room you’re occupying at the moment as heating your whole home.

 

If you still have questions about energy-saving methods to practice all season, give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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The Ultimate Guide To HVAC Filters

Knowing what kind of HVAC filter you need can be a little overwhelming. After all, there are various different sizes, ratings, and capabilities. Because changing your air filter is the single best way to keep your HVAC system working properly, we’re sharing a guide to help you select the right filter for you so you can be confident it’s doing the best job it can all year round.

Different Types of HVAC Filters

Fiberglass: Fiberglass filters are disposable and more affordable than other options. However, they work better to protect your air conditioner than filter dust and pollutants in the air. This type of air filter might leave you and your family subject to respiratory problems.

Pleated: Made of polyester and cotton folds, which filter out dust and other pollutants. When shopping for a pleated filter, you’ll want to look for ones with the most pleats for the best performance.

Washable: Washable filters cost a little more than disposable ones, but you save in the long run. When investing in washable options, it’s important to plan washings ahead of time and allow plenty of time to dry to avoid mold growth and bacteria build-up.

Electrostatic: Looking for a different way to trap dust and particles? An electrostatic filter does so by creating a magnet charge. They come in washable and non-washable designs and can be very effective.

HEPA Filter: If you or someone in your family suffer from allergies or a respiratory illness, a HEPA filter would be the best option for your home. These filters are high efficiency and are effective at screening contaminants up to 99.97%.

UV Filter: A UV filter uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses in your home. However, it’s less efficient at screening dust and contaminants. All in all, they are great for combating viruses that can be harmful to your health.

How often should I change my air filter?

This answer depends on the type of air filter you have. If you use a pleated or high-efficiency air filter, the rule of thumb is to change it every three months for maximum air quality and efficiency. During peak allergy months, it’s recommended you check your air filter sooner to change it more often if it looks dirty.

 

We hope this guide has helped take the guesswork out of shopping for an air filter. If you still have questions about what option might be the best for your specific environment, give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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4 Tips for Combating Humidity Inside Your Home

During the hot summer months, we Texans not only experience blazing temperatures, but humidity also creeps into our homes, making it quite uncomfortable. However, did you know that your AC unit is the best line of defense against combating it? We’ve got four tips that will have you resting comfortably, even in the highest of humidity.

Adjust Your Fan Speed

Ideally, in hot and humid climates, you want your air conditioning unit to move air at a rate of 350 CFM per ton. However, some units are set up to move air at a much faster rate. But, for humidity removal, a faster rate is not always ideal.

Say, for instance, your unit is moving air at 400 CFM. That could be enough to keep you relatively comfortable, but it won’t do its part by tackling the humidity. The lower airflow allows the indoor coil to get colder. When it’s colder, it’s capable of removing more moisture while also satisfying your thermostat.

Keep Your Coil Clean

Your indoor evaporator coil is essential for keeping humidity at bay. However, if it’s covered with dust and dirt, it won’t be able to do its job properly to remove moisture from the air. One way to fix this problem is to change your air filter. As long as the air filter is doing its job and is changed regularly, the coil shouldn’t get dirty.

If you don’t keep up with changing your air filter regularly, this can cause the blower fans to move particles around your filter and into your air conditioning unit. Over time, the particles accumulate on the coil, and you’ll have to hire a professional like us to clean it.

Check Your Refrigerant Charge

If your refrigerant charge is too low, your unit will struggle to remove heat and humidity from your home. If not taken care of, this could develop into more severe issues such as freezing of the coil or a compressor failure. This could lead to costly repairs. Preventive maintenance services can help keep an eye on your refrigerant charge and adjust it if it isn’t right.

Install a Thermal Expansion Valve (TXV)

Installing a TXV helps your AC unit remove more humidity during a given cycle by using more of the evaporator coil. This is done by attaching a bulb to your refrigerant line. The bulb opens and closes depending on how much refrigerant is needed to maximize the surface area of the indoor coil that can be utilized given any temperature. In short, the TXV improves the capacity of your evaporator coil to remove heat and humidity.

Ultimately, the humidity choices you make for your home are all about comfort for you and your family. If you’ve explored all the options above but you find your unit is still struggling to get to your desired comfort level, give our experts a call! We may be able to provide you a few other options, such as a whole-house humidifier. Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Preparing Your HVAC Unit For Hurricane Season

It’s hard to believe hurricane season is already here. And with Southeast Texas’ strong history, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Most people think of putting together a simple hurricane preparedness kit, but what about your HVAC unit? You may not know, but there are a few ways you can prepare your unit for the storm season ahead.

PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE BEFORE THE STORM

Keep Up With Maintenance

Regardless of whether a hurricane is predicted to make landfall near you, keeping up with your regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance is always recommended. Having your unit checked once a year can prevent costly repairs while keeping you and your family comfortable all year long.

Check And Cover Your Unit

A few days before the storm, check the surrounding area around your HVAC unit to ensure no objects could potentially damage it. Double-check your unit’s tie-downs to make sure they can withstand 160MPH winds. If not, you can upgrade them to endure the strongest of hurricanes.

Purchase a waterproof tarp to cover your unit to protect it from water damage. Make sure the unit is turned off before you cover it and remove it before turning it back on after the storm. You wouldn’t want to use the tarp any other time, but it’ll help keep heavy rain at bay and prevent mold and rust. In addition to a tarp, invest in a surge protector for your unit in case of a lightning strike.

Most HVAC units are on concrete slabs but double-check as this will help prevent your unit from sitting in water while on a solid foundation.

WHAT TO DO DURING THE HURRICANE

Once the hurricane arrives, turn off your HVAC unit. If not, your compressor could be at risk of being damaged. This could result in costly repairs later on down the road. If you choose to relocate, turn off the unit before you leave. If you decide to stick out the storm at home, keep cool by using ceiling and floor fans.

AFTER THE STORM

Once the storm has passed, inspect your unit to make sure there’s no apparent damage. If everything looks normal, it’s ok to turn your unit back on. This will help fight mold and humidity from the storm.

While a visual inspection might suffice in most cases, it’s best to contact an HVAC professional like us to do a thorough inspection of your unit to ensure there wasn’t any substantial damage.

 

As we Texans know, don’t wait until the last minute to start preparing for a hurricane. While the season officially begins in June, the worst storms usually surface anywhere around August to October. Contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online to make sure your unit is hurricane-ready. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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NEW COVID Fighting HVAC Solutions

In a world where micro threats like COVID19 are the norm, we are constantly on the lookout to provide healthy solutions to our customers to keep them safe. That being said, we are happy to add ActivePure® and Reme Halo products to our HVAC arsenal to help fight unwanted particles in your residential or commercial space, including the COVID19 virus. Here’s a look at the two different technologies.

ACTIVE PURE TECHNOLOGY

When learning about a contaminant fighting technology, it helps to have a size comparison guide for common particles found in a typical home or office setting.

What is ActivePure Technology?

  • Eliminates over 99.9% of highly concentrated “live” airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus in just 3 minutes.
  • Tested by the world's top bio testing facility, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), which tests for the U.S. Military and Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Testing was done according to FDA guidelines and protocols. Live SARS-CoV-2 virus was sprayed into a test chamber at extremely high concentrations (over 10 million particles per milliliter).
  • Within 3 minutes, ActivePure Technology reduced the concentration of the virus to 99.96%.

Other Microbial Reductions  

  • Staph – 98.5%
  • MRSA – 99.8%
  • E-Coli – 98.1%
  • Anthrax – 99.38%
  • Strep – 96.4%
  • Pseudomonas aureuginosa – 99.0%
  • Listeria monocytogens – 99.75%
  • Candida albicans – 99.92%
  • Black mold – 99.93%

 How Does ActivePure Technology Work?

  • Uses oxygen and humidity to purify the air
  • Converts into powerful oxidizers
  • Destroys microorganisms in the air and on surfaces
  • Kills pathogens on contact
  • Safe for astronauts – safe for everyone

Customizable Solutions

We have a number of solutions that incorporate AirPure technology that’s perfect for residential, commercial, government, institutional, or educational facilities.

The AirScrubber

A home or whole building air purification system solution, the AirScrubber reduces odors, mitigates airborne particles, kills germs and viruses on surfaces, and protects HVAC equipment by improving filtration efficiency and killing biological growth. It’s one of the most diverse products offering the benefits of ActivePure technology. Fits up to 70 different HVAC systems and has great retro-fitting options.

The AirScrubber External Mount

This mini AirScrubber delivers all the same ActivePure technology benefits, but it’s installed externally, over the indoor intake.

The AirScrubber Mobile Unit

This mobile unit creates healthy and pure indoor spaces up to 500 square feet. Eliminates smoke, odors, and contaminants on surface areas where you spend the majority of your time. Choose from multiple settings to customize your environment, whether it’s a small automobile, office, large R.V., hotel room, boat, or camper.

Pure & Clean

This portable ActivePure option covers about 250 sq. feet. It’s a great solution for small spaces with little maintenance. It’s best to replace the cell every year if used continuously. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

The AirScrubber Portable Plugin

A small but powerful solution for indoor spaces up to 500 sq. feet. It utilizes ion generation and AcitvePure technology which can reduce odors, smoke, and microbial populations on surfaces. It comes with an anti-theft option that makes it a great option for offices, restrooms, and other moderate-sized areas. Includes a washable filter.  

REME HALO

For those looking for an LED light solution, the Reme Halo Air Purifier is 99.9% effective at neutralizing COVID19. It also eliminates many other viruses such as:

  • MRSA
  • Strep
  • Listeria
  • Norwalk
  • Bird Flu
  • Tuberculosis

How it works:

  1. LED Purification
    The Reme Halo is installed directly into a home's ductwork and activates once the blower fan turns on. Once activated, the device fills the ductwork with LED light which kills viruses and particles that travel through your HVAC system.
  2. Hydro-Peroxide Molecules
    Hydro-peroxide molecules are dispersed to aid in neutralizing harmful contaminants in your home and on surfaces.
  3. Ionized Particles
    And lastly, the system releases positively and negatively charged ionized particles that bond with contaminants in the air. When these particles bond with contaminants, it’s more likely the filter will stop them as air passes through the system.

Proactive Prevention

The difference between Reme and other UV lamps is that Reme catches micro threats before they can get into your home and cause problems. This, combined with other methods of prevention, can effectively help significantly reduce airborne threats.

 

If you’re ready to get started with one of these COVID19 fighting air purifying options, our team can help! Simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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The Serious Impact of Not Changing Your Air Filter

Did you know that one of the biggest causes of HVAC system failure is clogged air filters? Most people don’t realize the major importance air filters play in keeping their home's air clean and their environment comfortable. If you’re an air filter novice, you’re in the right place! We’ll share with you how they work and why it’s important to keep up their maintenance.

THE PURPOSE OF AIR FILTERS

Depending on your system, the air filter can be made of fiberglass and pleated paper with a cardboard frame. It might not look like a lot from the outside, but it works hard to keep the home comfortable on the inside. The air filter is inserted into a specific space, commonly in attic spaces. These filters prevent contaminants and other particles from circulating in the air like dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, hair, and more.

FILTER MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES

Maintenance schedules can depend on many different factors. For common air filters, a typical schedule runs from 30-60 days. However, the following household factors might impact that schedule:

  • 30 – 90 days: Homes with no pets
  • 60 days: Homes with one pet
  • 20 – 45 days: Home with multiple pets or family members who suffer from allergies
  • 6 – 12 months: Single-person household with no pets or vacation homes who get little use.

SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR NOT CHANGING YOUR AIR FILTER

When you avoid changing your air filter, a build-up of particles and contaminants. It’s not a pretty sight. It can create a barrier that impacts the airflow throughout your home. This impacts other facets of your home in a negative way.

ELEVATED ENERGY BILLS

When your filter is clogged, air cannot flow freely. This makes the entire system work harder to pump air or heat your home where needed. This can increase your energy bills in a big way.

LOSS OF TEMPERATURE REGULATION

A clogged air filter makes it hard for airflow to get where it needs to be. This can make it hard for it to reach a cooler or warmer room in your home.

AN UNHEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

As mentioned previously, your air filter can rid the air of contaminants and particles that can be harmful to your family to breathe. Avoiding changing the filter can cause health concerns as dizziness, headaches, and if it goes on long enough, serious conditions like respiratory diseases, cancer, and heart disease.

FURNACE TROUBLES

As your HVAC system works overtime trying to get through a clogged filter, it can put a serious strain on your furnace. To put this into perspective, filters run around $40, but a new furnace will cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000.

 

Now that you know the importance of regular filter maintenance, make a schedule and stick to it! Put your filter change dates on a calendar so you don’t forget. And if you still have questions about what type of filters you need or anything else filter-related, simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Combat Spring Allergies With These Simple HVAC Tips

April showers surely bring May flowers, but they can also bring mold and other allergens into your home. If mold isn’t bad enough, there’s also an influx of pollen – you know, that yellow stuff that covers your home and cars almost like snow, but without the benefits? For most allergy sufferers, decongestants can be a viable option to endure, but there are also ways your HVAC system can help you feel better during the dreaded pollen season!

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

If you suffer from spring or even fall allergies, investing in an indoor air quality system can help you breathe easier during peak months. An indoor air quality system can range from air filtration to air purification to whole-house dehumidifiers and air leak sealing. This type of system, along with UV lights installed at your evaporator coil, can combat mold and mildew growth in your home. Not only can these things help you live more comfortably in your home, but they can also save you money by being more energy-efficient.

And to keep all these pesky particles out of your home, our team offers another option called the G.R.E.E.N program – Greater Residential Energy Efficiency through New technologies. This process involves our skilled technicians inspecting ductwork, air sealing, insulation, radiant barriers, water heating, and the water heating and cooling system. Once the inspection is complete, you’ll receive a report with our recommendations for a healthier home environment.

HVAC MAINTENANCE TIPS

HVAC maintenance is important to keep your unit and home operating safely and efficiently. Here are three ways you can improve allergens inside your home:

Clean Your HVAC:

Hose off your outdoor HVAC unit to rid it of any dirt, debris, and pollen.

Clean Your Home:

Spring clean your home on the inside and clean up debris on the outside. Believe it or not, these small efforts can really help improve allergy symptoms.

Clean Your Ducts:

If you’ve found dust and dirt on your HVAC system and inside your home, it’s very likely it’s also in your duct system as well. Contact our team here at Thermacon, and we’ll take care of this task to ensure better indoor air quality.

Check Your HVAC Filters:

Make sure to check your HVAC filters and make sure you’re replacing them regularly for the best results.

NEED HELP IMPROVING YOUR HOME’S AIR QUALITY?

If you’re tired of suffering through allergy season, our team is here to help! Simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost

AC Costs: How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost a Month?

You're sweating profusely . . . in your own home nonetheless. It can't go on this way. You have to install a new air conditioner

But you're wondering: how much does air conditioning cost per month? That's a great question and, fortunately, one that we can answer in detail. So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about air conditioning costs in Beaumont, TX, and otherwise. 

How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost a Month? 

In truth, air conditioning costs can vary greatly. They are dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to the cost of electricity, the size of the home being cooled, and the efficiency of the air conditioning unit itself. 

That said, there is data available, and currently, it shows that air conditioning costs somewhere between 6 cents and 88 cents an hour. Run constantly over the span of a month, this would cost between $43.20 and $633.6. 

If you were to average these two figures out, you would get $338.40. Note, though, that air conditioners rarely run 24 hours a day. In fact, most run around 8 hours a day, so divide the aforementioned figure by 3 and you've got $112.80, a much more accurate figure overall. 

Factors That Affect Monthly Air Conditioning Costs 

There are all sorts of factors that could affect monthly air conditioning costs. The primary factors to consider include:

Your Local Cost of Electricity

Electricity costs vary based on the area in which you live and on the grid that you're getting electricity from. Whereas electricity costs in, say, New England, can be exceedingly expensive, electricity costs in, for example, the southeast, tend to be quite low. 

Texas has below-average electricity costs. In fact, in 2018, the state was ranked 7th lowest in the cost of electricity per kWh. This means that it's quite an inexpensive place in which to run an air conditioner. 

The Amount That You Run Your Air Conditioner

Obviously, the more you run your air conditioner, the more electricity it's going to use, and the more expensive your bill is going to be. As such, strategically adjusting the temperatures on your thermostat can actually save you quite a bit of money. 

The Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning Unit

Not all air conditioning units are created equal. In fact, some are much more efficient than others. Not only do different types of air conditioning units differ in efficiency but different brands and different manufacture years as well. 

Generally speaking, the newer brands waste less energy than the older ones. And, in most cases, well-known brands run more efficiently than the others. 

The Size of Your Home

The size of your home will have a large effect on your air conditioning costs as well. This stands to reason, as the larger your home is, the more air the system has to produce, and the harder it has to work overall. 

As such, if you're living in, say, a 2,500-square-foot home, you'll have to pay much more on air conditioning costs than would someone living in, say, a 1,500-square-foot home. 

You can get around this by using ductless mini-split air conditioners in only a few different rooms but then much of your home will be left hot. If you want to cool every room in your home, you're going to have to pony up more money. 

Air Conditioner Maintenance 

The last factor you should consider is air conditioner maintenance. The better you take care of your air conditioner, the easier it will run, and the less energy it will need in order to perform its function. As such, you should be performing maintenance on your AC on a regular basis.

AC maintenance runs the gamut from changing air filters to keeping the condenser area cleared to cleaning the ducts to scrubbing the coils within the air conditioner and more. Doing these things on a regular basis will not only allow the unit to run more efficiently but will also prolong the unit's lifespan. 

It's also recommended that twice a year, you have a professional HVAC specialist come in and take a look at your AC unit. He or she will inspect its internal components to ensure that everything is operating as it should be. Then, if need be, he or she will make repairs and replacements. 

The Costs of Running Different Types of Air Conditioners 

There are several different types of air conditioning units out there. These include central AC, ductless mini-split ACs, and heat pumps. Each offers a different level of efficiency and, therefore, costs a different amount of money to run. 

Generally speaking, the most efficient option is the heat pump. If you live in a relatively mild climate, a heat pump can provide you with both heat and cooling at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay with central AC or ductless mini-splits. 

If you're only looking to cool a single room, a ductless mini-split system would be much cheaper to run than would a central AC. Note, though, that if you require more than a unit or two (as a means of cooling several different rooms throughout the house), your monthly costs will end up being more expensive than they would with a single central AC unit. 

Interested in Installing an Air Conditioner in Beaumont, TX? 

Now that you have an answer to "how much does air conditioning cost?", you might be interested in installing an air conditioner yourself. If so, and if you need an air conditioner in Beaumont, TX, we here at Thermacon Service Company have you covered. 

Our team is staffed with skilled and experienced HVAC specialists and knows everything there is to know about installing air conditioners. We'll set your system up in a safe and proper manner. 

Contact us now to schedule an appointment!