We may be biased, but we think that air conditioning is one of the best inventions of the modern era. It keeps you cool and comfortable, no matter how high the temperatures get during our Los Angeles summers. If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your cooling system, those articulating partitions (AKA doors) throughout your home may pique your interest. So, should you leave doors open or closed when the air conditioning is running? 

Keep Doors Open While HVAC is Running For Best Results

Here’s a basic principle of HVAC that’s helpful in answering this question: the air in your home is continuously recirculating through your HVAC system. Keeping the path of airflow completely open will ensure your unit operates at its best. Closing doorways will restrict the movement of airflow, limiting the path air can travel to the undercut of the door and between any joints. When doors are open, air can travel more freely throughout your home. 

Here’s another way to think about it. Think about blowing up a balloon for a birthday party. You start by holding the balloon’s opening to your lips with your fingers. When the distance between your two fingers is wider, the air from your mouth will fill the balloon quickly and smoothly. The tighter you hold the balloon’s opening, it becomes more difficult to inflate the balloon if you’re blowing with the same force as before. 

In general, keeping doors open will improve airflow through your house during air conditioning.

When To Keep Doors Shut During Air Conditioning

There are some cases where you should keep doors shut during air conditioning. 

One scenario is a room that you do not want or need air conditioning in, such as a closet. Keeping these doors closed during air conditioning will limit the airflow to them. That can save you a small amount of money in energy bills, but keep in mind that sometimes you want cool air to circulate in these spaces. For one, air conditioning can help with humidity control. If the space you don’t need cooling in has a supply air vent, consider shutting off the vent which will help redirect airflow to other spaces. Do this with caution, as closing an air vent changes the balance of airflow in your system, and could cause other performance problems. 

Another scenario where you should keep your doors shut while the air conditioner is operating is during sleeping hours. Keeping doors closed when you are asleep is an important fire safety precaution. According to Underwriters Laboratories, 50% of house fires happen between 11pm at 7am. A closed door can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and most importantly, save your life in the event you become trapped. So, make sure you close before you doze.

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Editor’s note: this blog was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for content and accuracy.

Are you an optimizer? A maximizer? A person who wants to squeeze every ounce of value out of an investment? This blog is for you! Today we’re talking about how to make the most out of your home’s HVAC system.

These tips and tricks are great for anyone that wants to ensure top performance of their heating and cooling system. The fact is that it’s not always about the HVAC unit you have, but action (…or inaction) you take to interact with it. By understanding more about how your choices impact your home’s heating and cooling performance, you can save energy and money! 

Be Aware of Changing Energy Needs

We have all experienced the frustrating feeling of being in a dark room where there’s only one option for lighting: ON, with so much brightness it makes you squint! Sometimes we want that full illumination – like if you’re looking for a missing item. But often in the evening hours, it’s nice to have the option of a dimmer switch, or smaller lamps with a softer glow. And during the daytime, you may only need a bit of light to supplement the sunshine. The moral of the story is that your needs for lighting change throughout the day. 

The same is true for your air conditioning and heating. During certain parts of the day, week, and year, your HVAC will use more or less energy. Comfort cooling and heating systems run more frequently and for longer periods in the winter and summer months. Also, your home may need less cooling or heating during the week when the family is out of the home for work or school. 

If you’re serious about making the most of your heating and cooling system, you need to install a programmable thermostat. That will allow you to change the temperature setpoint automatically depending on your changing energy needs. To take it a step further, new smart thermostats can allow remote access to your thermostat via your smartphone. 

One more tip: don’t forget to set back your thermostat when you are leaving your home for several days at a time. 

Preventative Maintenance

The very best thing you can do to improve the long-term performance of your heating and cooling system is to ensure you get maintenance every single year. Your HVAC unit is a mechanical device with plenty of moving parts. It needs a professional service annually to ensure top performance and the highest efficiency. 

We strongly recommend partnering with a reputable HVAC company with a preventative maintenance program. One of the most valuable benefits of a maintenance program is that the company will track your service schedule for you. Here at Brody Pennell, we also take pictures of your equipment and track performance over time, which can help us provide faster and more accurate service. Plus, our members receive other benefits, like 24/7 emergency service and extended appointment times. 

There’s a reason that manufacturers require annual service as a part of warranty agreements. Maintenance helps maintain the performance and reliability of your equipment. It’s that simple!

Investing In Higher-Quality Equipment

When it comes time to replace your equipment, consider investing in the highest quality systems.  The best HVAC systems today have new technological advances that make them more efficient, work better, and break down less than the HVAC systems of years ago. 

For example, the Carrier Infinity Systems with Greenspeed Intelligence offer performance features unmatched by any other system on the market. When you invest in a premium system, you’ll get enhanced durability, improved serviceability, and outstanding energy efficiency. 

Because of the extreme energy efficiency, these high-caliber systems often qualify for discounts and rebates. Plus, financing can ease the burden of a new HVAC purchase. You can get the comfort and efficiency of a new system now, and pay later.

Beyond Tips and Tricks: Call Brody Pennell

Brody Pennell is an award-winning heating and air conditioning company that has served Los Angeles since 1945. We are the longest-standing Carrier dealer in the LA area, so you can trust that we are a reputable company. How can we help you? Contact us today!

Summertime brings longer hours of daylight, more sunshine….and higher electric bills. Air conditioning keeps homes cool and comfortable but uses a significant amount of a home’s total energy consumption. Utility bills can add up! And if all your neighbors are running their AC at the same time, it can lead to rolling blackouts. That’s why we recommend every homeowner in Los Angeles makes a plan for how to save energy throughout the hottest months. With an energy savings plan, you can use your home’s appliances and systems efficiently while achieving energy savings during the summer’s warmest days.

Energy-Saving Tip #1 – Manage the Heat from Your Windows

Your windows are a huge source of added heat inside your home. And once your house is hot, your air conditioner has to use energy to cool it back down. So, be mindful of your window usage. Closing blinds, shades and drapes in rooms when they are receiving direct sunlight will help reduce heat transfer. This simple step can ensure rooms remain cool; plus, your A/C won’t need to work so hard. 

Energy-Saving Tip #2 – Go With the (Air) Flow

Open all your interior doors so that cooler air freely flows throughout the house. Use ceiling fans so you can comfortably raise the temperature on your A/C’s thermostat by several degrees. Check your HVAC filters each month and replace them as often as needed, or at least every 3 months.

Energy-Saving Tip #3 – Seal It Up

Check the house for air leaks. Your cool air may escape through fireplaces, holes in foundation walls and attics, and around doors and windows. Close fireplace dampers, caulk around windows and places where there are air leaks in attics and foundation walls, and install or replace weather stripping around doors. Inject foam insulation into walls without insulation and add R-30 rated insulation to your attic. Make your home as snug and air tight as you can. And don’t forget to have your ductwork checked for tightness during a routing AC maintenance visit. You don’t want that cold air from your air conditioner leaking into your attic!

Energy-Saving Tip #4 – Limit Extra Heat

Run heat producing appliances during the coolest parts of the day. Cook more on an outdoor grill or in your microwave, as it uses half the energy your stove or range does. Place your refrigerator’s temperature setting between 30°F and 42°F. If it has a power saving switch, use it. If your dishwasher has an economy setting, wash on that setting. Only run full loads.

Energy-Saving Tip #5 – Run a High-Performing Air Conditioner

In the summer months, your air conditioner uses an enormous amount of energy. Do everything you can to ensure your AC is running at peak energy efficiency. Schedule HVAC maintenance in the spring, or sign up for a maintenance agreement so you never forget. When your air conditioner starts to hit double-digits in age, replace it with an energy-efficient system like the Carrier Greenspeed Intelligence system. Not only will you get outstanding energy efficiency, but these systems typically qualify for cash-saving special rebates

For more energy-saving tips and ideas, check out some of our other articles: 

Air conditioning is one of the modern-day inventions that everyone in Los Angeles is grateful for. The A/C is convenient and keeps your home at comfortable temperatures all summer long. But most homes in Southern California are equipped with ceiling fans as well. Which begs the question: if you start to feel uncomfortably warm in your home, should you turn on the fan or lower the AC? 

Use Air Conditioning for Convenience

Using your air conditioner is certainly the convenient choice. It’s already built into your home and has refrigeration technology to keep you cool. Just set the thermostat to your desired temperature, and your AC does the rest. The air conditioning system will turn on and off to maintain the indoor temperature. 

If you spring for a smart thermostat, you can set your HVAC system on a programmed schedule. Some models even allow you to change the setpoint from your smartphone or smart speaker. 

So, using the air conditioner is definitely the most convenient option if you are feeling warm. Unfortunately, this method uses the most energy.

Use Ceiling Fans for Lower Energy Bills

Ceiling fans use significantly less energy than an air conditioner. Research from the State of California Air Resources Board concluded that you can reduce your HVAC energy usage about 5% per degree Fahrenheit by using the ceiling fan instead of the AC. 

Similar studies have indicated that you can raise the temperature setpoint on the thermostat by up to 4 degrees, and if you turn on the ceiling fan in the room you won’t feel any difference

Using a ceiling fan is a choice that you have to make. Just like a light bulb or water faucet, you need to turn it on and off. It’s important to remember that room fans work by creating a wind chill effect. In other words, a ceiling fan running in a room with no one in it is just a waste of energy (you could say the same about air conditioners too, which is why we love ductless). So when you use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning to keep cool, you must make it a habit to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. 

Combining Ceiling Fans and AC to Keep Cool and Comfortable

If comfort is your priority, you’ll benefit most from using a combination of the ceiling fan and your air conditioner. 

We already know that ceiling fans can reduce the need for air conditioning – but it likely will not eliminate it. During the hot summer season, a ceiling fan alone may not keep the indoors as comfortable as you might like. Using a ceiling fan together with high efficiency air conditioning is your best bet. 

Ceiling fans offer personal comfort; family members in the living room can have the ceiling fan off, while those sleeping in the bedroom can turn the fans on. This way, no one has to snuggle under a blanket in the middle of summer. 

Try increasing your thermostat setting by 2 degrees and using ceiling fans when you begin to feel warm. We bet that you will be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable you feel – and delighted by the energy savings on your next utility bill. 

Need More Cooling Help? Brody Pennell is Here For You. 

If your air conditioner and fan is not keeping up with your cooling needs, there may be a bigger problem. An air conditioner that isn’t providing enough cooling is a very common AC repair. Our knowledgeable techs can find the problem and solve it, fast!  Call us at (310) 896-4911.

While you are shopping for a new HVAC system, you have to become a quick learner of HVAC jargon. There are a lot of terms and abbreviations that you may not be familiar with. One of the most frequently asked questions about air conditioners is about SEER. What is SEER? Why is SEER important? Should I buy a system with a higher SEER?

First, let’s define what the abbreviation SEER is:

S.E.E.R. stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it is a standard for measuring how efficient an HVAC unit is.

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SEER is defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). It is a calculation of the total cooling capacity of an air conditioner divided by the total electric energy it is expected to use. When the ratio is higher, less electricity is used to to do the same amount of cooling. Basically, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the system, and the lower the energy bills will be. SEER ratings range from 14 – 40+.

How SEER works

You can think of SEER like miles per gallon on a car. When you are car shopping, miles per gallon is displayed prominently on the information sheet. This helps buyers gauge about how much their gasoline will cost if they drive the vehicle regularly. Similarly, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio ratings help homeowners estimate the electric utility costs they can expect from the system.

An easy way to tell if a product has a “good” SEER is if it has an ENERGY STAR ® emblem with the product information. For example, the Carrier Infinity GreenSpeed product is not only an ENERGY STAR ® product, it is also labeled as a Most Efficient product for 2019 in the program.

Why SEER matters to your wallet

Since a heat pump or air conditioner will last you 10-15 years, homeowners should definitely take seasonal energy efficiency ratio into consideration. Products with efficiency numbers in the 30s and 40s are more expensive because they have better-performing components and controls systems that allow them to use less energy. Plus, manufacturers often back in extra comfort features and other benefits into these top-tier products.

Systems with lower SEERs will be more affordable in the beginning. But, your monthly energy bills will be pricier than if your purchase equipment with a higher rating. And since financing is an option with HVAC systems, you shouldn’t let the system cost of an air conditioner hold you back from purchasing a more efficient system. Plus, high-efficiency systems often qualify for rebates and other promotions.

The environmental impact of SEER

Did you know that air conditioning makes up the greatest piece of your energy bill? It’s true. A 2015 study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that air conditioning makes up about 17% of all residential energy consumption. That’s more than anything else in your house!

Since energy usage is on the rise, and HVAC making up a huge portion of our consumption, it is critical to find ways to use less energy. Efficient cooling and heating systems can be an immense help to the environment.

In 1992 the U.S. Federal Government established the first minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio for all units made in the USA. A lot has changed since then!

Products sold in California must be at least 14 SEER. The highest SEER products are ductless mini splits. You can purchase a ductless mini split with a SEER rating as high as 42!

Efficiency for your home

Brody Pennell can help you decipher all of the HVAC jargon. We have been providing superior heating and cooling services to the LA area for more than 70 years. And as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we are well-versed in all the different products available to you. Whether you’re looking to go completely green, or just looking to balance the cost and benefit of a higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio, Brody Pennell can help guide you. Call us today for more information!

If you get sticker shock each month when you see your energy bill, you may be looking for ways to save energy around the house. Here’s a common question our customers ask: “Should I set back the temperature when I leave my house?” After all, most people turn off lights and water when they aren’t using them. Why cool an empty house?

Air conditioning is one of the appliances that uses the most energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, air conditioning makes up 17% of the energy used in homes in mixed-dry climates like Los Angeles. So, it’s no surprise you might be thinking about your AC when you think about saving energy.

By the way, what is setback? Setback is a term used to describe the act of changing your thermostat from the normal, comfortable temperature set-point to another temperature in order to save money on HVAC operation. The setback temperature might not feel comfortable to you if you’re sitting in a space that is cooled to the setback temperature, but the idea is that you won’t be there while setback temperature is in operation!

Is it worth it to change your thermostat when you leave the house?

Before deciding whether or not to set back the temperature, there are a few things to consider.

First, think about how long you’ll be away. Will it be a few hours, or several days? Next, is how much to set back the temperature by. Setbacks are not created equally – setting back your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees is different than setting it back by 5 or more degrees. Finally, is humidity a problem in your house? For LA customers closer to the coast, battling humidity in your home may be more of an obstacle than for those in the city.

Leaving the house for a couple of hours

It may be tempting to leave your AC running when you leave for work or head off to run errands. It’s one more thing to think about as you scramble to get out the door. Plus, it’s nice to come home to a nice, cool house.

But if you’re serious about saving energy, it’s important to adjust your thermostat while you’re away.

The Department of Energy indicates you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling if you set back the temperature while you are away for 8 hours. Turning the temperature back 7°-10°F is your best bet. The ideal summertime temperature for setback is 78°F.

The truth is that you won’t get much benefit from setting back the temperature by only one or two degrees – but something is better than nothing. We always recommend our customers set back the temperature, even when they only leave for four hours.

If remembering to set back the temperature is a problem for you, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. When you use a programmable thermostat, you can set up your thermostat to set back automatically. And, you can start cooling your home before you arrive home by programming your thermostat to automatically turn on sooner.

When you’re away for several days

If you’ve read this far then you already know: it is absolutely beneficial to set back the temperature if you’ll be away from your home for several days. If your home is empty for weeks on end you may be tempted to turn off your AC completely.

But, there are a few more considerations when you’ll be gone for a long period of time. The most important consideration is humidity. Air conditioners help remove humidity from the air in your home. So, it’s important to keep your AC running even if the home is empty.

If you’re leaving for travel, set back your temperature setpoint by at least 10 degrees. But, don’t turn it off completely!

Another benefit to temperature set back

Setting back the temperature is an easy way to save energy. But, you’ll get even more bang from your buck when you turn up the temperature.

Because your air conditioner won’t be working so hard, you’ll be adding years of life to your AC system. When you run your AC at full-blast even when you’re not home, it is more likely to break down sooner. So, all the more reason to set back the temperature.

Ductless HVAC systems, as their names suggest, are home comfort systems that do not utilize ductwork. Instead of relying on one, centralized unit that is connected to the rest of the home through a channel of ducts, ductless systems are wall-mounted and can perform the same heating and cooling for an entire home or room.

By ditching ductwork, ductless systems provide significant benefits for home and business owners looking for a more efficient and convenient solution for heating and cooling.

Benefits of Ductless HVAC Systems

If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, consider these five factors in deciding whether a ductless HVAC system could be right for your home.

1. Superior Efficiency

By not requiring ductwork to force cool or warm air throughout your home, ductless systems avoid costly leakage that occurs in ducts. Over time, ductwork loosens, creating gaps. These open areas force centralized systems to work harder and use more energy to provide the same home comfort as their ductless counterparts. The extra distance between the system and the rest of the home will also add to the overall energy consumption of your unit.

Ductless systems can save up to 30% more energy than centralized systems because of these factors. All of these savings can add up over the course of the system’s lifetime.

2. Improved Carbon and Interior Footprint

By heating and cooling your home as efficiently as possible, you place less strain on your electrical systems to provide your home with the comfort you desire. In addition to limiting your carbon footprint, you can also maximize your home’s square footage by not requiring the use of larger indoor HVAC units and ductwork. For smaller homes and apartments, this can make a notable difference regarding the design and layout of your home.

3. Easy Installation

Installing ductwork can be a lengthy and expensive process. While ductless HVAC systems are smaller and more compact in their design, which allows for a quicker and more efficient installation.

Ductless systems are simply mounted onto the wall in the area of the home that needs heating or cooling. The process still requires a great deal of skill and expertise, but it is significantly more straightforward and leaves fewer variables that can extend the installation process. The simple installation gives homeowners greater comfort in knowing that the quoted price and timeline will rarely vary for ductless system installations.

4. Cleaner Indoor Air Quality

Like centralized systems, ductless HVAC units can utilize added devices that help to improve indoor air quality such as UV lamps, ventilators, and air purifiers. In addition to these indoor air quality products, ductless systems have their unique benefits in that they eliminate the exposure to contaminants that can be found in ducts.

Pests, dust, and dander often gather in a home’s ductwork. It’s the perfect hiding place for these less than desirable things. Unless you regularly have your ducts cleaned out by a professional, the “fresh air” from your air conditioner, is not as fresh as you think. With ductless systems, you’re receiving air directly from the source.

5. Comfort Flexibility

By not requiring an entire household or building to be restricted to the same, centralized HVAC unit, ductless systems can be placed throughout a home to provide customized temperature control. Multiple ductless systems are the best way to effectively and efficiently zone a house.

Ready to Go Ductless?

Curious about whether or not ductless HVAC is right for your home? Our home comfort specialists can help you better understand the benefits of ductless and help you choose the best HVAC system for your home. For more information on ductless HVAC systems, visit our ductless page or give us a call: (310) 896-4911.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average family in the United States spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget on air that leaks into or out of their home. This amounts to about $350 that is wasted on air leaks!

If you want to get more out of your HVAC system and stop wasting money on air leaks, you will need to make sure that your home is leak-proof. Sealing air leaks in your home is an energy saving strategy that will not only help you save money, but also run more smoothly and efficiently year-round. Below, we’ll give you some simple tips for sealing air leaks around your home.

How to Seal Air Leaks in Your Home

Reducing the air leaks around your home is an affordable way to cut down on your heating and cooling costs while also increasing home comfort. Here are just a few cost-effective ways to seal air leaks in your home:

  1. Caulk or weatherstrip doors and windows.

Most drafts in your home will occur around doors and windows, especially if you have an older home. It’s important to check for air leaks around these areas. If you find any issues, you can then use caulk or weatherstripping to seal the areas around doors and windows to prevent cool or warm air from escaping your home. For larger gaps around windows or baseboards, try using a foam sealant.

  1. Close gaps around chimneys and flues.

There are often gaps between the wood framing and metal flues or brick chimneys that allow air to escape your home. The metal fireplace flues can also warp or break over time with repeated heating and cooling. You can close these gaps using aluminum flashing to cover the gaps and high-temperature silicone caulk to seal them into place. You can also seal the flue when not in use using an inflatable chimney balloon, which is made of durable plastic and can easily be removed and reused many times.

  1. Insulate around recessed lights.

Most of the recessed lighting in your home will have vents that open into the attic. This presents a direct route for warm or cool air to escape. If you have many of these fixtures in your home, this can result in a significant number of leaks. Look for lights labeled “ICAT,” which stands for insulation contact and air tight. Remove the current bulb, push the baffle up into the housing, and replace with an ICAT bulb.

Save More Energy at Home

Sealing air leaks in your home isn’t the only cost-effective way that you can improve energy efficiency in Los Angeles. There are a variety of energy saving appliances or gadgets like smart thermostats and energy efficient HVAC systems that will keep you and your family comfortable year-round while helping you cut down on wasted energy and save more money on your utility costs.

To learn more about what energy efficient HVAC products might be right for you, give us a call today: (310) 896-4911.

If you’ve ever gone shopping around for new heating and air conditioning units, you would be familiar with the SEER and EER ratings that all products carry. For most people, these numbers often go unnoticed, but they can be a great help if you’re looking to become more energy-efficient and reduce your energy consumption.

Let’s take a close look at these ratings and what they mean to the average consumer.

SEER Rating

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. For heating and air conditioning, this measures efficiency over a period of time, most often one cooling or heating season. It provides you with an overview of a unit’s efficiency and can be an ideal way to project energy usage over long-term periods.

EER Rating

Heating and air conditioning systems will also carry an EER rating, which stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. This number gives you an idea of the efficiency of a unit during usage. One useful analogy is to think of it in terms of car speeds. The SEER would be the average speed you maintained to go from point A to point B, while the EER would be the actual speed you’re running in at any specific time.

A Comparison

When looking for the right heating and air conditioning equipment, it’s important to pay attention to these two ratings. While they can provide you with different ideas about your system’s performance and energy usage, they do share one useful characteristic and that is, the higher these numbers are, the better off you will be.

Unfortunately, higher efficiency often comes with an equally higher price tag. The ideal HVAC system should be able to balance these numbers so that you, the consumer, ends up being the winner.

Talk to Us About Your Energy Performance Goals

To give you an idea of what ratings you’re looking for in an appliance, you can research California’s minimum requirements for energy efficiency or give our team at Brody Pennell a call at (310) 836-0606. Ask us about energy-efficient options for your home in Los Angeles.

According to the Energy Information Administration, heating and cooling accounts for almost 50% of an average American home’s energy consumption. This number has already decreased by 10% from 1993 in part because of more energy efficient technologies and innovations that happened in recent years, and additionally, because of growing awareness and responsibility on the part of consumers. Regardless, the amount of energy consumed for operating your HVAC remains staggering.

There are many ways to find out just how much you’re paying every month for your heating and cooling. No doubt you’ll find an HVAC operating cost calculator with a quick search on the web. But if you’re looking for a quick, straightforward guide, here’s everything you need to know.

Energy Ratings and Units

No HVAC operating cost calculator is complete without a brief discussion of an AC unit’s SEER rating. A SEER rating reflects your system’s energy efficiency and this information is readily available in product labels, manuals, and even the manufacturer’s websites. A lower rating means poor efficiency while a high number means the opposite. Energy-efficient air conditioning units will typically have a rating of 7 or higher.

Hourly Consumption Rates

Your air conditioning unit will also have a heat capacity alongside its SEER rating and you will need this to calculate your AC’s power needs. Heat capacity is measured in British Thermal Unit-hour or BTUh and it’s a measure of how much heat the system can process.

Once you’ve located both numbers, simply divide the capacity by the SEER rating to get how much wattage your AC uses per one hour. For example, an AC unit with 27,000 BTUh heat capacity and a SEER rating of 7 will use up 3,857 watts in an hour.

Monthly Cost

Once you have determined the hourly rate, it’s fairly straightforward to get a monthly cost. Let’s take the above example and give it a sample running time of 8 hours in a day. Multiply the hourly consumption rate by the number of hours it runs daily, and then multiply the result by 30 to represent a month. In this example, you should get about 925,000 watts/month, or 925 kilowatts/month.

To get the total monthly cost, multiply the monthly consumption rate with your local energy company’s pricing and you’ll get an accurate of idea of how much your AC costs to run.

Painless HVAC Services by Brody-Pennell

To learn more about energy consumption costs and how you can save on your monthly utility bill, contact the experts at Brody-Pennell at (310) 836-0606 today. Our staff is more than happy to answer all your questions about air conditioning and energy efficiency.