It's currently 52 degrees. Last week we were in the high 70's and even hit 80 one day. It's been this way for weeks. Here's the Dallas area graph from NOAA -- up, down, up, down, etc. You get the picture.
It got me thinking -- what is this doing to my HVAC system if I'm constantly turning the thermostat up, down or off every day or so? Fortunately, I knew some great people to ask: A-US Air Conditioning.
Kenny McFarling is the best "go-to" guy about your air conditioning and heating. He is as passionate about HVAC systems as I am about real estate and is only too happy to answer questions.
The short answer is that as long as your unit is serviced properly, adjusting your thermostat as needed won't adversely affect your system.
This is the PERFECT time to have someone come and service your A/C system before temperatures start getting crazy-hot. Which they will in Dallas.
If you are fortunate and have a home warranty on your home, a pre-season tuneup is probably covered. If you do not, and you want to take your chances, here's what you can look forward to:
The average A/C unit is 4 tons. To replace the compressor can cost $1,200 or more. The whole system? Up to $3,200.
The coil and the compressor are the most common problems on older units, per Kenny. And to upgrade an old 8-SEER to something above 13-SEER can save at a minimum of 30% on your utility bills.
The good news: Kenny has a great deal for you! Their company offers a pre-season tune-up for $49.99 for the first unit and $25 for additional units and they work with most home warranty companies.
Just so you know, I am not a paid sponsor for any home warranty company or any A/C company. But because I'm a Realtor, I am in contact with both types of vendors all the time and I'm blessed to know the best. Because I honestly don't understand A/C-speak. Compressor, condenser, coil, whatever...just fix it, right?
Here's the scoop:
A-US Air Conditioning - Kenny McFarling - (972) 535-8096. These guys are in business to keep relationships. They truly care about keeping you cool. Or warm.
Also, if you're not a fan of home warranties, do this for me: call Julie Jones at Nations Home Warranty Company. They are LOCALLY-OWNED and amazing and offer an extremely affordable monthly payment program:
Nations Home Warranty - Julie Jones - (214) 843-7764. You just call her and ask as many questions as you like. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And wish you'd bought one sooner.