How to Set a Programmable Thermostat

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One of the primary ways to cut energy costs is by using a programmable thermostat. If you like saving money, purchasing one may be a beneficial investment. Although it may not sound exciting, programmable thermostats offer a variety of benefits for your home. For example, programmable thermostats give you the control you want. With the Nest Learning Thermostat or similar thermostats, you will be able to control your system from anywhere. There is a remote control app on iOS and Android which can be downloaded in the app store. You’ll be able to control the temperature, the settings, review your … Continued

Best Thermostat Setting for Summer

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Summer-time heat means skyrocketed energy bills. Keep your home cool and save energy during the summer by following these simple steps, including where to set your thermostat. Set your thermostat at an ideal temperature. According to the Department of Energy, setting your thermostat below 78 costs you anywhere from 1-3 percent per degree. While you’re away, set the thermostat within a range from 78-82 degrees and when you’re at home have it set between 74 and 78 degrees, based on your comfort level. Get a programmable thermostat. One of the primary ways to cut down on summer energy bills is by … Continued

How Your Windows Affect Your Air Conditioning

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Windows are known as the eyes of a home. They play a key role in keeping your house comfortable. They provide light, warmth, fresh air and a view to the outside world. With all of these pros, you wouldn’t believe that windows can negatively impact your home. But they can. Old, run down windows can severely decrease the energy efficiency in your home and can also account for up to 30% of your electricity bill. You may have splurged on an energy-efficient air conditioning system, but without proper windows, you’re likely using way more energy to keep your home cool. Drafty … Continued

Saving Energy During the Summer

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As a homeowner in Texas, you may know that cooling off your home in the summertime can be costly. When the weather gets warm, your electricity bill gets higher. So how can you save money on your summer utility bill? Let’s take a look at the top three tips for saving energy during the summer.   Tip #1: “The smaller the difference, the smaller the bill.”  Do this: Set your thermostat at the right temperature in order to lower your cooling costs. For the most energy-efficient way to stay cool in the summer heat, set your thermostat at the highest temperature … Continued

Lower Your Summer Energy Bills

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For kids, summer in central Texas brings images of raspas, pool days, late nights and tan lines. On the other hand, for homeowners and renters alike, summer means water management for green lawns, spraying for ants and wasps, and heaving a heavy sigh when the electric bill rolls in. In addition to regularly changing your air filter and setting your thermostat to the perfect temperature for summer, a summer tune-up can help make sure that running your air conditioner won’t have to cut into your “Summer Fun” savings. The savings don’t have to stop there! There are several non-air-conditioning-related ways … Continued

What is the Best Temperature for Saving Energy?

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Sleeping in the cold during summer or waking up warm in the winter, along with doing things around the house in a comfortable temperature, sounds appealing to most anyone, but it could be coming at a cost unbeknownst to you. So here are some energy saving tips to help guide you along. Many people don’t realize how much money they lose every year by keeping their thermostats too high or too low. According to the Department of Energy, turning your thermostat to a higher temperature for eight hours a day (perhaps while you’re out of the house) will help you … Continued

Zombie Apocalypse: How to Survive Without AC

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It’s late in October, and most of us here in San Antonio still have the AC going. Texans sometimes wonder how northerners survive without air conditioning. We can’t believe people have to suffer through summers without some sort of regulating air temperature! Is it actually possible to survive without AC? We’re here to bring you some survival techniques, but we’re still hoping nothing bad – say, a zombie apocalypse – happens. (Hey it’s almost Halloween. Zombies are top of mind.) If your AC is simply out for the night, try dampening a sheet with cold water, spreading it out and … Continued

3 Signs You Need A New AC

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It’s hot? There are likely a couple of culprits. One, you live in Texas and it’s summer (or still feels like summer). Or two, your AC is out. Both can be pretty hot. The latter is probably your biggest issue. Here are the top three signs it’s time for a new air conditioner. Age: Older models are not energy efficient. If it’s possible, find out how long your AC unit has been in service. If it is between 10-12 years old, start looking for a new system. Chances are it will likely begin (or it already does) show signs of failure. … Continued

What To Do With Your AC When You Lose Power

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To say we’ve seen a lot of rain recently is an understatement. This was the wettest May in recorded history here in Texas. Parts of the state received more than 20 inches in May. Here in San Antonio, we’ve nearly doubled (more than 11 inches more than normal) our typical rainfall for this time of year. And more storms are headed this way. Rain is expected through the weekend. So Champion AC likes to offer this friendly reminder of what to do with your AC when you lose power, just in case any of these storms turn severe. If you … Continued

What is SEER?

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Buying a new air conditioning system can be a tense time. It can be overwhelming. We understand. That’s why Champion AC tries to make it as easy as possible for you. That starts with making sure you understand all the terminology that’s coming your way. One of the more confusing terms you’ll hear over and over is SEER. What is SEER? We blogged about this for our friends at Angie’s List. So head over there and read up on the importance of SEER and what it means to the life and efficiency of your new AC system!

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